Scaling of the axial morphology and gap-bridging ability of the brown tree snake, Boiga irregularis

  title={Scaling of the axial morphology and gap-bridging ability of the brown tree snake, Boiga irregularis},
  author={Bruce C. Jayne and Michael A. Riley},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  pages={1148 - 1160}
  • B. Jayne, M. Riley
  • Published 1 April 2007
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
Networks of branches in arboreal environments create many functional challenges for animals, including traversing gaps between perches. Many snakes are arboreal and their elongate bodies are theoretically well suited for bridging gaps. However, only two studies have previously investigated gap bridging in snakes, and the effects of size are poorly understood. Thus, we videotaped and quantified maximal gap-bridging ability in a highly arboreal species of snake (Boiga irregularis), for which we… 
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