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Rattlesnake Gardeners Sow Plant Diversity – Nature

February 07, 2018 |

This article was originally published in nature

“Seeds consumed by a mouse can still sprout and grow — if the mouse is eaten by a rattlesnake.

…Seeds cannot germinate after passing through a rodent’s digestive system, but the team found germinated seeds inside some of the snakes’ guts. This suggests that the reptiles can inadvertently rescue seeds that rodents collect and store in their cheek pouches. Predators such as rattlesnakes could help to disperse viable seeds far from the parent plant, making them important for ecosystem dynamics, the authors say…”

Read on at: nature.

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