hour 5: the Flehmen Response

by Jen on November 13, 2010

While we’re waiting for you to donate more $, I thought you might like to learn a bit about the animal kingdom.

You’ve met Roamy, the mustang.

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from Wikipedia:

In the flehmen response, animals draw back their lips in a manner that makes them appear to be “grimacing” or “smirking”.

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The action, which is adopted when examining scents left by other animals either of the same species or of prey,

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helps expose the vomeronasal organ and draws scent molecules back toward it.

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This behavior allows animals to detect scents, for example from urine, of other members of their species or clues to the presence of prey.

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What Wikipedia fails to mention is that the Flehmen Response may also occur after “the animal” licks the metal basket on an all terrain vehicle primarily used in the cross-farm transport of hay.

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Dr. Jed November 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Good luck with the blogathon. Great photos!

Ashley November 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Finally getting a chance to catch up on blogathon posts from all the bloggers :D

My cats do the Flehmen Response a lot, especially (oddly enough) when their investigating my bag when I return home from classes. I like to call it their “stinky face.”

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