25 May '17, 2am

Snakes found hunting in packs | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Snakes found hunting in packs | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Snakes are most commonly thought of as solitary ambush hunters, and there's something mildly comforting in that. The only way you're likely to get attacked by a snake is if you accidentally stumble upon one. The thought of being surrounded by a team of snakes that have been systematically hunting you down doesn't usually factor in to the average person's snake fear. But maybe it should. A new study out of the University of Tennessee has documented a real-life case of coordinated snake pack-hunting, and researchers believe the behavior might be far more common than biologists ever realized, according to a press release . UT animal psychologist Vladimir Dinets witnessed the unexpected behavior during a trip to Desembarco del Granma National Park in Cuba, where he was recording how Cuban boas (Chilabothrus angulifer ) hunt Jamaican fruit bats in sinkhole caves. These boas are...

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