Malpolon behavior literature?

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Re: Malpolon behavior literature?

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:00 pm

Found!
https://youtu.be/2-JBNqnybB4
At minute 6.

The first mouse is captured by the female and stolen / eaten by the male.
The second mouse (? but the reconstruction is very doubtful) is killed by the male and left dead over a stone for the female: but this fact is only said by the telling voice. Nothing to see actually from the footage to confirm the "gift" theory... :)
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Re: Malpolon behavior literature?

Postby Ilian Velikov » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:45 pm

Yes, I found it too but as you said it is not clear what exactly is going on. But don't get stuck on the word "gift", this was just a quick way for me to explain what sort of behavior I was looking for. Whatever is going on it is still fascinating and that's why I want to know more about it. Obviously there is some sort of "colaboration" which as far as I know is unusual among snakes.
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Re: Malpolon behavior literature?

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:23 pm

The narrating voice uses the term "gift" "Geschenk" too... :D
I bet they have read De Haan... :lol:
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Re: Malpolon behavior literature?

Postby Ilian Velikov » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:50 pm

Well, it is still possible that it is a "gift" in a sense.
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Re: Malpolon behavior literature?

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:50 pm

Ruggero Morimando wrote:Found!
https://youtu.be/2-JBNqnybB4
At minute 6.
The first mouse is captured by the female and stolen / eaten by the male.
The second mouse (? but the reconstruction is very doubtful) is killed by the male and left dead over a stone for the female: but this fact is only said by the telling voice. Nothing to see actually from the footage to confirm the "gift" theory... :)

The "gift theory" is rather widespread indeed, but on what empirical grounds, on how many reliable observations?
I don't know, and I'd very much like to know, like all of you.
Any more reliable evidence?
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