Natural history of the slaty grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus) (Serpentes : Colubridae) from tropical north Queensland, Australia

Trembath, Dane F., Fearn, Simon and Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste (2009) Natural history of the slaty grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus) (Serpentes : Colubridae) from tropical north Queensland, Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 57 2: 119-124. doi:10.1071/ZO08091


Author Trembath, Dane F.
Fearn, Simon
Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste
Title Natural history of the slaty grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus) (Serpentes : Colubridae) from tropical north Queensland, Australia
Formatted title
Natural history of the slaty grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus) (Serpentes : Colubridae) from tropical north Queensland, Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-959X
1446-5698
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/ZO08091
Open Access Status
Volume 57
Issue 2
Start page 119
End page 124
Total pages 6
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Slaty grey snakes (Stegonotus cucullatus) are medium to large members of the Colubridae that are common throughout the eastern and northern tropics of Australia. Although intensive field studies have been conducted on populations in the Northern Territory for over 10 years, no ecological data have been presented on free-ranging specimens of populations inhabiting tropical north Queensland. During a 10-year period we collected opportunistic data on 120 free-ranging specimens from the seasonally Wet Tropics in north Queensland. These snakes provided data on body sizes, activity times, food habits and reproduction. Male S. cucullatus were larger than females and had larger heads. More snakes were found during the warmer, humid parts of the year (wet season). S. cucullatus ate a wide range of vertebrate prey, including reptile eggs that were obtained seasonally. Females produced one clutch per year, and no relationship was found between maternal snoutvent length and clutch size.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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