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SASA, Mahmood  and  CURTIS, Sierra. Field observations of mating behavior in the neck-banded snake Scaphiodontophis annulatus (Serpentes: Colubridae). Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2006, vol.54, n.2, pp.647-650. ISSN 0034-7744.

We observed the mating behavior of the neck-banded snake Scaphiodontophis annulatus (a common species of colubrid in the South Pacific of Costa Rica) in the pre-montane wet forest of Las Cruces Biological Station (San Vito de Java, Costa Rica). Three S. annulatus were observed during courtship between 10-12 AM in a patch of primary forest. The two males were observed to interact with the female, but not signs of male-male agonistic interactions were observed. Their behavior includes grabbing and holding the female, copula, and biting during the copula. Rev. Biol. Trop. 54(2): 647-650. Epub 2006 Jun 01.

Keywords : snake; Colubridae; Scaphiodontophis annulatus; mating behavior; Costa Rica.

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