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Ecological data of Nigerian Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia (Colubridae) populations

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We present field ecological data for the snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia (Colubridae) from southern Nigeria. Adult sex-ratio was close to equal, and females attained significantly larger body size than males (on average 470 mm versus 400 mm SVL). Annual above-ground activity peaked during the wet months. A preponderance of snakes were captured in agricultural lands (plantations and farmlands), whereas few snakes were captured in both mangroves and mature forests. Anurans accounted for over 70% of the total prey items; lizards (Scincidae and Agamidae) were also frequently preyed upon. The food niche breadth and diet composition was similar between sexes. There was no apparent ontogenetic dietary change in this species.
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Keywords: CROTAPHOPELTIS HOTAMBOEIA; ECOLOGY; NIGERIA; PHENOLOGY; SNAKE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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