To find an ant: trail-following in Australian blindsnakes (Typhlopidae)

  title={To find an ant: trail-following in Australian blindsnakes (Typhlopidae)},
  author={Jonathan K. Webb and Richard Shine},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • J. Webb, R. Shine
  • Published 1 June 1992
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Behaviour

Led by the Blind: Bandy-Bandy Snakes Vermicella annulata (Elapidae) Follow Blindsnake Chemical Trails

The results suggest Bandy-Bandys use chemical cues to locate blindsnakes but do not respond to chemical trails of other sympatric squamate species.

Ant and termite predation by the tropical blindsnake Typhlops platycephalus

Dietary habits of the Puerto Rican blindsnake Typhlops platycephalus were studied by analysis of gastrointestinal tract contents and scats and laboratory feeding observations suggest that ant brood is more attractive to the snakes.

Behavioral Aspects Of Chemoreception In Juvenile Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon Piscivorus)

The results are consistent with previous reports and suggest that juvenile cottonmouths also trail conspecifics to hibernacula, and support a growing awareness that pitviper behaviors are more complex than currently appreciated.

Following trails of partners in the monogamous lizard, Tiliqua rugosa

There is trail following, at least by females, and that females play an active role in maintaining the partnership, which refutes male-based explanations, like mate guarding, for monogamy.

Influence of Prey Scent on Chemosensory Behavior of Two Fossorial Earthsnakes: Conopsis biserialis and Conopsis nasus (Serpentes: Colubridae)

Abstract. Terrestrial, arboreal, and semiaquatic snake species are well known to discriminate among prey types using chemosensation. In contrast, chemosensory capacities of cryptic and fossorial

Odour-mediated Interactions Between an Apex Reptilian Predator and its Mammalian Prey

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Gape size and evolution of diet in snakes: feeding ecology of erycine boas

The stomach contents of museum specimens and specific literature records are used to describe the food habits of a basal clade of macrostomatan snakes ‐ the erycine boas (Erycinae) with an emphasis on the North American Charina bottae.

Life-history strategies in basal snakes: reproduction and dietary habits of the African thread snake Leptotyphlops scutifrons (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae)

Information on the biology of `primitive' blind snakes can help clarify the origin of ecological traits typical of `higher' snakes, and suggests that the evolutionary shift to infrequent feeding among snakes did not initially require a change from small to large prey.

Aspects of the ecology of the spotted blindsnake, Typhlops punctatus punctatus in Port‐Harcourt, Nigeria

Stomach content analysis revealed that these snakes fed mainly upon ants and termites, and there was no difference in terms of number of snakes observed, once the relative effect of the different number of cover objects lifted up was taken into account, either among study plots or among types of cover object.



Pheromone trail-following studies of typhlopid, leptotyphlopid, and colubrid snakes.

Pheromone trail-following in general is advantageous, as it reduces the energy spent foraging for food, shelter, and mates and may effect aggregations that conserve moisture and reduce temperature fluctuations.

Ability of the Blind Snake, Leptotyphlops dulcis, to Follow Pheromone Trails of Army Ants, Neiv amyrmex nigrescens and N. opacithorax

Because blind snakes smell army ant trails, are known to feed on ant brood, and were heading toward army ant nests in half the field observations, pheromone trail following may be selectively advantageous for the snakes in locating a large food supply at the ant nest site.

Natural History of Australian Typhlopid Snakes

Dissection of 1198 specimens of 15 species of Australian Ramphotyphlops, combined with observations in the field and in captivity, provided information on the natural history of this group of small,

Ecology and Life History of the Rhytidoponera Impressa Group(Hymenoptera: Formicidae) I. Habitats, Nest Sites, and Foraging Behavior

Information is summarized on habitat and nest site preferences, colony densities, and various aspects of foraging, in the impressa group, a small, distinctive cluster of species occurring along the east coast of Australia and in New Guinea.

Dentition and diet in snakes: adaptations to oophagy in the Australian elapid genus Simoselaps

Functional explanations for the dentitional modifications in the egg-eating snakes are suggested, primarily in terms of the advantages of applying considerable force to the eggshell.

Comparative Analysis of the Feeding Habits of Two Species of Arizona Blind Snakes, Leptotyphlops h. humilis and Leptotyphlops d. dulcis

The purpose of the present study was to accurately analyze the feeding habits of these two species in an area of sympatry as well as to determine what differences, if any, exist in their food preferences.

The role of vision in the predatory behaviour of natricine snakes

Coadapted Character Complexes Among Snakes: Fossoriality, Piscivory, and Durophagy

Patterns of morphological variation among fossorial, piscivorous, and durophagic snakes reveal several principles underlying character co-occurrence, which are important in formulating hypotheses of macroevolutionary mechanisms.

THE Population Biology OF THE Meat ANT

Data on the populations of the meat ant Iridomyrmex purpureus in the Canberra area are analysed and discussed and the process appears to be a more effective method of colony foundation than for a single queen to attempt to start a new colony on her own.