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Micrurus mosquitensis preying on Ninia sebae

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Published on Dec 27, 2015

Four days ago I received a sub-adult Micrurus mosquitensis (probably male), which regurgitated a small (2-3 g) Ninia sebae. I coincidentally received another adult N. sebae the same day from a house about 100 m from where the coral was found, so I wanted to see if there was anything to be learned about the coral's predation behavior in connection with the coffee snake.

There are some interesting things shown in this video, in that a very nervous coral snake just transferred to this enclosure didn't hesitate to eat the Ninia in the middle of the day with me standing right there filming it. You can also watch the coral walk its jaws from the tip of the tail, where it grabbed the coffee snake, all the way to it's head to begin swallowing.

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