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Ecology of cobras from southern Africa

Shine, Richard; Branch, W R; Webb, Jonathon; Harlow, Peter S; Shine, T.; Keogh, J Scott


Large slender-bodied snakes that forage actively for a generalized array of small vertebrates are conspicuous elements of the terrestrial snake fauna of most continents; the venomous elapid species fill this role in much of Asia, Africa and Australia. Our dissections of eight species of cobras from southern Africa Aspidelaps, Hemachatus, Naja; Serpentes and Elapidae (total of 1290 specimens) provide extensive data on sexual dimorphism, reproductive biology and food habits. Females grow larger...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00252.x


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