Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Moose Flehmen Response and E D B D Nose

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    6,669
    Real Name
    Dan

    Moose Flehmen Response

    OK, continuing with the moose behavior tutorial, yet another moose photo.

    This shot is a good display of "flehmen" response displayed by the bull while investigating the cow's readiness to mate. Information found on Wikipedia states:

    An animal investigating odours or tastes at sites of particular interest or perhaps more generally, may perform the flehmen response. This response is characterised by the animal curling back its top lips exposing the front teeth and gums, then inhaling and holding the posture for several seconds....The flehmen response often gives the appearance that the animal is "grimacing", "smirking" or "laughing"...

    The main function of flehmen is to transfer air containing pheremones and other scents to the vomeronasal organ, a chemosensory organ located between the roof of the mouth and the palate. This provides chemical cues which animals use in a variety of ways.
    I just thought he was getting ready to sneeze but had an aborted attempt. Don't you hate it when that happens?

    Moose Flehmen Response and E D B D Nose
    Last edited by NorthernFocus; 8th October 2013 at 03:58 PM.

  2. #2
    Digital's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Carrollton, Georgia (USA)
    Posts
    2,143
    Real Name
    Bruce

    Re: Moose Flehmen Response and E D B D Nose

    Dan, I really enjoy your stories from Alaska. This pic seems far from your best shots of moose.



    Bruce

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Dunedin New Zealand
    Posts
    2,697
    Real Name
    J stands for John

    Re: Moose Flehmen Response and E D B D Nose

    Interesting, not that I understand the long words, but interesting photo

  4. #4

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC
    Posts
    18,877

    Re: Moose Flehmen Response and E D B D Nose

    I had never heard of the flehmen response. Thanks for sharing the information!

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    6,669
    Real Name
    Dan

    Re: Moose Flehmen Response

    Quote Originally Posted by Digital View Post
    ...This pic seems far from your best shots of moose.
    No doubt. Just an interesting behavioral shot. I caught one at it a couple of years ago in the following shot but couldn't get the cow in the frame. On this one you can also see his whole head/neck is wet where he urinated in his rut wallow and splashed it all over himself. Very manly cologne. Note the short bell of the older bull.

    Moose Flehmen Response and E D B D Nose

  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC
    Posts
    18,877

    Re: Moose Flehmen Response

    Beautiful photo, Dan.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •