Prey-size selection, gape limitation and predator vulnerability in Australian blindsnakes (Typhlopidae)

  title={Prey-size selection, gape limitation and predator vulnerability in Australian blindsnakes (Typhlopidae)},
  author={Jonathan K. Webb and Richard Shine},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • J. Webb, R. Shine
  • Published 1 June 1993
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract Abstract. Blindsnakes, Ramphotyphlops nigrescens, are small wormlike fossorial snakes that feed principally on the larvae and pupae of ants. Examination of stomach contents showed that larger blindsnakes consumed larger prey items than, and different prey species from, smaller blindsnakes. Only the largest snakes consumed brood of the large and formidable 'bulldog ants', Myrmecia. Three hypotheses for the causal basis of this size-related shift in dietary habits were tested… 

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