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Analysis of the gut contents of <em>Vipera aspis</em> (Reptilia, Viperidae) from an area of Central Italy (Tolfa Mountains, Latium): a new method to study the terrestrial small mammals / Contributo allo studio della microteriofauna di un'area dell'Italia centrale (Monti della Tolfa, Lazio) mediante analisi del contenuto stomacale di <em>Vipera aspis</em> (Reptilia, Viperidae)

Author(s): Massimo Capula | Luca Luiselli

Journal: Hystrix : the Italian Journal of Mammalogy
ISSN 0394-1914

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Date: 1990;
Original page

Keywords: Rodentia | Insectivora | Predation | Trophic systems | Rodentia | Insectivora | Predazione | Sistemi trofici

Abstract A preliminary study of the trophic system between terrestrial small mammals and their specialized predator, the Asp Viper (Vipera aspis), was carried out through analysis of gut contents of 62 Vipera aspis specimens from 6 localities of Tolfa Mountains (Latium, Central Italy). Two different techniques were used in order to obtain the gut contents from a living viper: (i) gently pressing its belly; (ii) exposing the animal at a low temperature (

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