Snake predation on bats in Europe: new cases and a regional assessment

  title={Snake predation on bats in Europe: new cases and a regional assessment},
  author={Levente Barti and {\'A}ron P{\'e}ter and Istv{\'a}n Csősz and Attila D. S{\'a}ndor},
  pages={581 - 585}
Abstract Among reptiles only snakes are known to frequently feed on bats and even inside this group chiropterophagy is rare, with most records being noted in the tropics. In the temperate region and especially in Europe, only a handful of cases have been described. Here, we report further cases of bat predation in underground habitats of Bulgaria, highlighting the importance of the Aesculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus) predation on bats in the Western Palearctic. Until now, 11 species of bats… 

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