WCS 3-Sentence Science

When Snakes Cannibalize

January 9, 2020

CREDIT: SEAN DE LA HARPE‐PARKER

Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.

Here we present work by WCS’s Acácio Hélio Domingo Chechene on cannibalism in African snakes.

  1. Scientists have recorded the first-known case of cannibalism in African vine snakes, (Thelotornis spp.) — a group of venomous snakes which inhabit savannah and forested regions across sub-Saharan Africa.

Study and Journal: “Ophiophagy and cannibalism in African vine snakes “ from African Journal of Ecology
WCS Co-Author(s): Acácio Hélio Domingo Chechene, WCS Mozambique Program

For more information, contact: Stephen Sautner, 718–220–3682, ssautner@wcs.org.

WCS 3-Sentence Science

Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.

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WCS 3-Sentence Science

Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.

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