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A case of voluntary tail autotomy in the snake Dendrophidion dendrophis (Schlegel, 1837) (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae)

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Author(s): Marinus Steven Hoogmoed | Teresa Cristina Sauer Avila-Pires

Journal: Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi : Ciências Naturais
ISSN 1981-8114

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 113;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Brazil | Amazonas | Snake | Defensive behaviour | Tail autotomy

ABSTRACT
We report direct observation of voluntary tail autotomy in the Colubrid snake Dendrophidion dendrophis from Monte Dourado,Pará, Brazil. Voluntary tail autotomy for this species had been reported before, but the process itself never has been described.
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