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Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor): foraging behavior

Herpetological Review
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Abstract

Boa constrictor is often referred to as a sit-and-wait or ambush forager that chooses locations to maximize the likelihood of prey encounters (Greene 1983. In Janzen [ed.], Costa Rica Natural History, pp. 380-382. Univ. Chicago Press, Illinois). However, as more is learned about the natural history of snakes in general, the dichotomy between active versus ambush foraging is becoming blurred. Herein, we describe an instance of diurnal active foraging by a B. constrictor, illustrating that this species exhibits a range of foraging behaviors.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor): foraging behavior
Series title Herpetological Review
Volume 42
Issue 2
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Publisher location http://ssarherps.org/
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 1 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Herpetological Review
First page 281
Last page 281