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dc.contributor.authorKaiser, Hinrich
dc.contributor.authorJohnny, Kim
dc.contributor.authorO'Shea, Mark
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-08T11:19:24Z
dc.date.available2018-11-08T11:19:24Z
dc.date.issued2012-09-01
dc.identifier.issn2071-5773
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/621864
dc.description.abstractWe describe the first observations of courtship behavior and sexual dichromatism in the keel-bellied whipsnake, Dryophiops rubescens, from an encounter near Sandakan, eastern Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. During this behavior, two males and a female were longitudinally intertwined, with the males jockeying for position along the body of the female. This “mating braid” lasted for well over 1 h, with the entwined snakes moving a distance of over 10 m together. While polygynous mating is known from other snake species, direct observations of mating behaviors in Southeast Asian colubrids are extremely rare. These observations also revealed the presence of sexual dichromatism in D. rubescens, with darker head coloration present in the males.
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dc.publisherHerpetology Notes
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.herpetologynotes.seh-herpetology.org
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
dc.subjectDryophiops rubescens
dc.subjectColubridae polygyny
dc.subjectcourtship
dc.subjectmating braid
dc.subjectsexual dichromatism
dc.subjectBorneo
dc.subjectSabah
dc.subjectMalaysia
dc.titleCourtship entanglements: a first report of mating behavior and sexual dichromatism in the Southeast Asian keel-bellied whipsnake, Dryophiops rubescens
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalHerpetology Notes
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