"If we and the rest of the backboned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the land's ecosystems would collapse."
David Attenborough

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Molluscivores Part 2: Snail-eating Snakes!

Time for another mollusc-murderer. This week its video of the remarkable snake Pareas iwasakii. These snakes are adapted to hunt meaty forest snails such as this Satsuma mercatoria. The relationship between this predator and prey neatly illustrates the role predators and prey role in shaping each other's evolution. A truly cool reptile.

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