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Snake ingestive behavior

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Introduction

  • All snakes are predators consuming a wide range of prey including mammals, birds, reptiles, eggs, amphibians, insects, fish, worms, and mollusks.
  • Food is not masticated but swallowed whole.
  • Prey is either killed prior to ingestion by constriction or evenomation, or simply overpowered and swallowed live.

Hunting

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Ingestive behavior

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Mohan-Gibbons H & Raiti P (2010) Snakes. In: Behavior of Exotic Pets. Ed: Tynes V V. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 21-32.
Reproduced with permission from Valerie V Tynes: Behavior of Exotic Pets © 2010, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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