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Ecology and feeding behaviour of the Tasmanian tiger snake Notechis ater humphreysi


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Dredge, PD 1981 , 'Ecology and feeding behaviour of the Tasmanian tiger snake Notechis ater humphreysi', Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Although the ecological and behavioural aspects of the biology
of reptiles have received increased attention in the last two decades,
in general, research activities have been centered around families
containing representatives that are relatively innocuous and/or of
small individual size, particularly those of the North American
continent and some areas of Europe. The ecology and behaviour of
small lizards has been studied by several investigators, including
Carpenter (1960), Sexton and Heatwole (1968), Ballinger, Marion and
Sexton (1970), Ballinger and Schrank (1970), Kour and Hutchinson
(1970), Avery (1971) and Fitch (1972). Lizards of the family
Iguanidae have been investigated in considerable detail and the
voluminous literature relating to this taxon includes studies by,
Carpenter (1961), McGinnes and Dickson (1967), Halpern and Lowe
(1968) and, White (1973).
A substantial amount of information is also available about
crocodilians and chelonions, as well as about colubrid snakes, e.g.
Shaw (1951), Carpenter (1952), Dmi'el (1967), Burghardt (1969),
Gillingham (1974) and Greenwald (1974). Although Australia is distinguished by possessing an abundant
and diverse herpeto-fauna (664 species distributed over some 21
families) research on the reptiles of this has been negligible until
the early-to mid-1960's.

Item Type: Thesis - Honours
Authors/Creators:Dredge, PD
Keywords: snakes, Tasmania, ecology, feeds and feeding
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