Snake Bioacoustics: Toward a Richer Understanding of the Behavioral Ecology of Snakes

  title={Snake Bioacoustics: Toward a Richer Understanding of the Behavioral Ecology of Snakes},
  author={Bruce A. Young},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={303 - 325}
  • B. Young
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
Snakes are frequently described in both popular and technical literature as either deaf or able to perceive only groundborne vibrations. Physiological studies have shown that snakes are actually most sensitive to airborne vibrations. Snakes are able to detect both airborne and groundborne vibrations using their body surface (termed somatic hearing) as well as from their inner ears. The central auditory pathways for these two modes of “hearing” remain unknown. Recent experimental evidence has… 

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