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Title: Field Observation of Maternal Attendance of Eggs in a Madagascan Snake, Leioheterodon madagascariensis
Authors: Mori, Akira  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Randriamboavonjy, Tahirihasina Mathieu
Author's alias: 森, 哲
Keywords: Madagascar
Leioheterodon madagascariensis
Nest site
Maternal attendance
Parental care
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Publisher: Herpetological Society of Japan
Journal title: Current Herpetology
Volume: 29
Issue: 2
Start page: 91
End page: 95
Abstract: Maternal attendance of eggs is a parental care behavior widespread in snakes, but observations under natural situations are limited. During a radio-tracking study in a dry forest in Madagascar, we located a female Leioheterodon madagascariensis that was attending a clutch of eggs in a cavity below ground. The late embryonic stage of an excavated egg and locations of the female recorded before its discovery with the clutch suggest that the female had been attending the eggs for a relatively long period but with occasional intervals when she left the oviposition site.
Rights: © 2010 by The Herpetological Society of Japan
DOI(Published Version): 10.3105/018.029.0204
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