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Posted by regalringneck on April 26, 2003 at 06:51:51:
In Reply to: well? posted by thomas davis on April 20, 2003 at 21:56:52:
Very interesting post Thomas, I commend you for taking the risk of stimulating the dimbulb-clones that lurk here & choose to contribute nothing....
Many years ago, K. Kaufield wrote that Diadophis were toxic to coral snakes, which as we know are specialist ophiophagous predators. The kingsnakes are much more of a generalist predator, thus it makes sense (to me) if Diadophis venom effects a specialist, it should effect a generalist too.
I have offered on several occasions live neonate getulus to regalis & have consistently observed that the regalis while initially interested would upon scenting the kings, back away & then attempt to flee. The getulus too would show fear of the regalis scent & also attempt escape, often w/ copious musking.
I intend to eventually investigate this further using the more common Southern &/or Pacific ringnecks.
The flashing of the red tail ("aposematic displays" is the bio-term) coil of Diadophis is particularly fascinating when considered in conjunction w/ what we're learning about their venom...generally warning coloration appears directed towards birds (lizards too??), do avian predators such as corvids/roadrunners/hawks avoid Diadophis? Do they suffer a nasty esophageal bite if they consume one? Ahh... so many ???....so little time!
::I always thought of ringnecks as inocuous little burrowers, but at least one person here, the namesake, suggests they may be quite interesting little predators. Anyone have any info on size, behaviour, venom etc. I know absolutely FA about these snakes but would be interested to learn a little. Many thanks, Lee.
:long time ago,i had a yearling w/c desert king l.g.splendida that was in great health but,, all it would eat was other snakes,,,well i learned the hard way dont feed ringnecks to kings they are toxic,,, the king died 24hrs.later trying to regurge the ringneck,i agree their toxicity should be further examined,,,,thomas davis