Sex and seasonal differences in the skin lipids of garter snakes

Comp Biochem Physiol B. 1987;87(4):999-1003. doi: 10.1016/0305-0491(87)90424-x.


1. This study investigates the skin lipids of male and female red-sided garter snakes both in the breeding season and in the non-breeding season. 2. Skin lipids were analyzed by means of thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). 3. Distinct differences exist in the skin lipids of males and females. 4. Samples obtained during the breeding season were qualitatively different from those acquired during the non-breeding season.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acclimatization*
  • Animals
  • Chromatography, Thin Layer / methods
  • Female
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry / methods
  • Lipids / analysis*
  • Male
  • Seasons
  • Sex Factors
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena*
  • Snakes / physiology*


  • Lipids