Drinking in snakes: kinematic cycling and water transport.

  • David Cundall
  • Published 2000 in The Journal of experimental biology


Snakes are purported to drink by sucking water into their mouths and then compressing the oral cavity to force water into the oesophagus. Video recordings of drinking behaviour in 23 snakes representing 14 species from three families, combined with simultaneous recordings of water volumes consumed, show that all the snakes vary widely in the amount of water… (More)


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@article{Cundall2000DrinkingIS, title={Drinking in snakes: kinematic cycling and water transport.}, author={David Cundall}, journal={The Journal of experimental biology}, year={2000}, volume={203 Pt 14}, pages={2171-85} }