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On mating behavior of the smooth snake coronella austriaca laur. reptilia serpentes colubridae



On mating behavior of the smooth snake coronella austriaca laur. reptilia serpentes colubridae



Zoologische Abhandlungen 45(9-19): 137-139



In contrast to publications that describe the copulation of the Smooth snake (Coronella austriaca) to be accompanied by the male's bite into the head, nape or neck of the female, the present paper reports on several observations of Smooth snake copulations in nature without any bites. We suppose that mating bites in Smooth snakes are reactions of the male on the female's attempts to escape and that this behavior is learned by experience.

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