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Shoveling


Overview and Meaning

Shoveling is a form of nesting behavior that typically occurs toward the beginning of the nesting behavior sequence. 

Description

The animal will plunge its nose into the bedding material and burrow under covering itself in the material, however, scraping with the forepaws of the bedding material is not observed, as it is in digging. The animal will then resurface and may shake to remove the substrate.

Classification

Nesting Behavior

Contexts

Nesting behavior occurs in the contexts of, reproduction, and environmental changes.

Variants

This behavior resembles burrowing. In wild populations burrowing is part of the nesting behavior sequence. Much like digging shoveling may be viewed as a stereotypy in a laboratory setting. 


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