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Posted by Raymond Hoser on May 16, 2002 at 06:26:27:
In Reply to: Ray and Richard. posted by Scott Eipper on May 16, 2002 at 06:17:04:
So there's no confusion on sizes, it's generally known that Male King Browns (not Pailsus) are larger than females and hence my (earlier posted) expectation of male combat in these (and hence my general surprise in Mastenbrook's findings in Pailsus rossignollii).
A quick check of Greer's snake book which I think used Shine's data showed male King browns as the larger sex, hence corroborating Scott's (above) claims re male combat.
Notwithstanding R. Mastenbrook's findings re combat in Pailsus rossignollii (which are not challenged as such), the possibility of male combat in Pailsus species should not be ruled out altogeather at this stage until further comparative data becomes available.
Happy herping all and once again thanks for sharing your notes.