Hiral Naik

Hiral Naik
University of the Witwatersrand | wits · School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

Master of Science

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Introduction
I am a PhD student with a primary interest in snake ecology, evolution and behaviour. My current work focuses on using assessing the behaviour and ecology of venomous snakes in relation to snakebite. I am also a conservationist working to mitigate human-snake conflict and use science based education tools to educate others about snakes.
Additional affiliations
March 2017 - May 2017
Colorado State University & CDS, Oxapampa, Peru
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Developing/modifying and following protocols for captivity breeding for toads of the genera Bufonidae and insect breeding as food items for the frogs. Monitoring data collection in the field under rainy conditions of the cloud forest of the Amazon.
January 2015 - January 2017
University of the Witwatersrand
Position
  • Master's Student
January 2015 - July 2017
University of the Witwatersrand
Position
  • Master's Student
Education
January 2015 - January 2017
University of the Witwatersrand
Field of study
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Herpetology

Publications

Publications (4)
Article
The Colubroidea includes all venomous and some nonvenomous snakes, many of which have extraordinary dental morphology and functional capabilities. It has been proposed that the ancestral condition of the Colubroidea is venomous with tubular fangs. The venom system includes the production of venomous secretions by labial glands in the mouth and usua...
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Snakebite incidence at least partly depends on the biology of the snakes involved. However, studies of snake biology have been largely neglected in favour of anthropic factors, with the exception of taxonomy, which has been recognised for some decades to affect the design of antivenoms. Despite this, within-species venom variation and the unpredict...
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Understanding some of the factors that have shaped the evolution of diet in the snake family Lamprophiidae. These factors include fang types, body size and lifestyle

Projects

Project (1)
Project
Assessing the patterns of dietary evolution in the Lamprophiidae in relation to lifestyle, body size and snake dental morphology