Responses of free-ranging brownsnakes (Pseudonaja textilis : Elapidae) to encounters with humans

@article{Whitaker1999ResponsesOF,
  title={Responses of free-ranging brownsnakes (Pseudonaja textilis : Elapidae) to encounters with humans},
  author={P. B. Whitaker and Richard Shine},
  journal={Wildlife Research},
  year={1999},
  volume={26},
  pages={689-704}
}
Eastern brownsnakes (Pseudonaja textilis) are large (to 2 m), slender, dangerously venomous elapid snakes that cause significant human mortality. We recorded the responses of free-ranging brownsnakes to 455 close encounters with a human observer, using 40 snakes implanted with miniature radio-transmitters, plus encounters with non-telemetered animals. Our study area (near Leeton in south-eastern Australia) is typical of many of the agricultural landscapes occupied by P. textilis. Contrary to… Expand

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