Tangled skeins: a first report of non-captive mating behavior in the Southeast Asian Paradise Flying Snake (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae: Chrysopelea paradisi)

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Hinrich Kaiser
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0001-9428
Johnny Lim
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1508-6527
Heike Worth
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6565-4174
Mark O’Shea
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1566-7460

Abstract

We describe the courtship behavior of the Paradise Flying Snake, Chrysopelea paradisi, from a series of images taken near Sandakan, eastern Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. During the episode observed, four males moved together with a female in various states of entanglement, traveling at ground level and into a series of bushes.  The observations took place over the course of a 30-min period until the snakes were lost to view.  Our report is the first direct observation of mating behavior in C. paradisi in the wild and provides another rare glimpse of the multi-male courtship in Southeast Asian colubrids.

 

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Kaiser, H., Lim, J., Worth, H. and O’Shea, M. 2016. Tangled skeins: a first report of non-captive mating behavior in the Southeast Asian Paradise Flying Snake (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae: Chrysopelea paradisi). Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 2 (Feb. 2016), 8488–8494. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2440.8.2.8488-8494.
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Hinrich Kaiser, Department of Biology, Victor Valley College, 18422 Bear Valley Road, Victorville, California 92395, USA; and Department of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20013, USA

Professsor, Department of Biology

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