Body bending behaviour: more widespread than previously thought? New reports from two snake species of Northwest Ecuador

@inproceedings{Maddock2011BodyBB,
  title={Body bending behaviour: more widespread than previously thought? New reports from two snake species of Northwest Ecuador},
  author={Simon T. Maddock and Bryony Tolhurst and Matthew A. Brown and Mika Peck and Ernesto Villac{\'i}s P{\'e}rez and Jose Morales},
  year={2011}
}
Snake defensive behaviour is, in general, poorly understood, although several authors have reviewed the wide range of antipredator strategies employed (Greene 1988, 1997; and Lillywhite and Henderson, 1993). Body-bending behaviour is described as “a cryptic defensive behaviour in arboreal snakes” (Marques, Rodrigues and Sazima, 2006). It is believed to represent an adaptive primary defence mechanism (Edmunds, 1974) where the snake exhibits crypsis by imitating branches or vines, hence escaping… CONTINUE READING