Questions related to Snake Catching and Handling
I recently began to work with viviparous Neotropical skinks of the genus Mabuya. Specifically with females at different stages of gestation. My tutor and lab colleagues have studied them for a long time and a recurring comment is related to the difficulty of field sampling.
The standard method of catch is by hand, but these lizards are very quick moving through the litter, and their smooth-scales covered skin makes them difficult to hold. Also, in the most advanced stages of pregnancy, these lizards stops feeding so funnel traps will likely be less effective.
I have little experience in catching, and I am planning some field trips to obtain some specimens (especially to learn about the field work). I would like to try different catch methods, hoping to make it easier to obtain research material.
I will be very grateful for any suggestions or advice you can provide.
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My partner and i are trying to study the foraging behavior of Hydrophis semperi, a freshwater sea snake. Not much is known about it so we're just basing our study on the foraging behavior of other snakes. We are planning to use search and handling time as a factor. Other than that, we only have descriptive data. Are there other aspects we can quantify?
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