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Nature_and_Environment.102

Evolution: Pitviper Scavenging ...

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{Nature_and_Environment.102.1}: {bshmr} Mon, 03 Nov 2008 09:55:57 CST (17 lines)

I think of pit-vipers as needing their poison to immobilize live
prey, not as scavenger. I wonder about the scope of the conjecture.

BioScience tip sheet, November 2008 A listing of peer-reviewed
articles from the issue The complete list of research articles in the
November 2008 issue of BioScience is as follows:

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Pitviper Scavenging at the Intertidal Zone: An Evolutionary Scenario
for Invasion of the Sea. Harvey B. Lillywhite, Coleman M. Sheehy III,
and Frederic Zaidan III. Florida cottonmouth snakes that inhabit gulf
coast islands feed on dead fish and intertidal carrion, occasionally
entering the sea. The snakes suggest a model for how terrestrial
vertebrates may have taken up marine existence.

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