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Posted by Chance on October 24, 2002 at 12:16:59:
In Reply to: Re: Why do Boomslangs Smell? posted by MarkW on October 24, 2002 at 10:25:37:
Hmmm.... I guess I'll just keep a "nose" on them as their stay here progresses. I'm going to try to notice any differences between the male and my females, and between when they are in the mating process (not when they are actually doing the act, just when they are courting and such), and also with gravid females. There has to be a reason for it, otherwise it wouldn't be around. If they just smelled, then this might lead to a predatore being able to find them more easily that just looking them (which would probably be near impossible). My own hypothesis is that it has something to do with chemical communication between individuals, like pheramones and such. So is it just these African arboreal colubrids that do this weird stuff, or what?