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pdf 02. Ecological data of Nigerian Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia (Colubridae) populations

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Authors: Eniang, Edem A.; Akani, Godfrey C.; Rugiero, Lorenzo; Vignoli, Leonardo & Luiselli, Luca

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: SNAKE, CROTAPHOPELTIS HOTAMBOEIA, NIGERIA, ECOLOGY, PHENOLOGY

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