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Posted by Chris on February 14, 2000 at 09:11:21:
In Reply to: I've been asked to do a presentation on snakes and their habitats. Anyone know how closesly dependant snakes actually are to the habitat/plant structures? Or is it simply a matter of their habitat being the place where their preferred prey is? posted by Bill W. on February 02, 2000 at 23:41:50:
The general rule I learned in my undergraduate herpetology classes was that snakes were prey specialists and habitat generalists. This means they will live whereever their prey lives (Hognose snakes are a good example). (Of course, if their primary prey is a habitat specialist, they too would appear to be restricted to that habitat).
Lizards on the other hand tend to be habitat specialists and prey generalists. They have more specific habitat requirements, but will eat just about anything that strolls in front of their mouths within that habitat.
Of course, rules are made to be broken, some snakes and lizards didn't take the class I took!
Ecological adaptations of snakes and lizards, like all other living things, are the result of complex coevolution of most of the species within the "habitat" they occupy.