Araneophagic Behaviour of the Elusive Snake Liopeltis calamaria (Günther, 1858) (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae)


  • Wayanad Wild, Lakkidi, Vythiri, Wayanad, Kerala - 673576
  • Dunsundale Estate, Dunsundale PO, Ooty - 643001, Nilgiris
  • Zoological Survey of India, Central Zone Regional Centre, Jabalpur - 482002, Madhya Pradesh



Diet, Feeding Behaviour, Liopeltis, Nilgiris, Spider.


Colubrids have evolved various modes and specializations in feeding behaviour including handling dangerous preys. This paper reports araneophagic behaviour in calamaria reed snake, Liopeltis calamaria (Günther, 1858). In an experiment on feeding behaviour of this species, conducted in captivity, spiders were preferred prey than other soft-bodied insects. This observation confirmed and is in congruence with the earlier observations from the gut content of Liopeltis species.


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Narayanan, S., Somanna, S., & Mohapatra, P. P. (2020). Araneophagic Behaviour of the Elusive Snake <I>Liopeltis calamaria</I> (Günther, 1858) (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae). Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 120(2), 171–174.





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