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pdf 09. Biology of the blindsnake Typhlops brongersmianus (Typhlopidae) in a semideciduous forest from central Brazil


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pp. 403-405
Authors: Avila, Robson W.; Ferreira, Vanda L. & Souza, Vanessa B.

Abstract: The biology of blindsnakes is virtually unknown. Herein, we present data on the biology of the blindsnake Typhlops brongersmianus from a semideciduous forest in Central Brazil. Males had longer tails and matured at smaller sizes than did conspecific females. Reproduction was highly seasonal, with clutch size of 4-5 eggs and oviposition in the early wet season. T. brongersmianus fed mainly on the pupae and larvae of ants, with ingestion of large number of prey items. Our findings agree with other studies of diet and reproduction of scolecophidians from other parts of the world.



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