The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 01. Feeding strategies of the viper Vipera ursinii ursinii (Reptilia Viperidae) in the Apennines


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Authors: Umberto Agrjmi And Luca Luiselli

Abstract: During a three-year period of research on the viper Vipera ursinii ursinii, observations on diet composition and feeding strategies were obtained. The major food items in terms of percentage were orthopterans, followed by rodents, lizards, birds, spiders and beetles. A considerable seasonal change in the diet composition was noted: invertebrates predominated in the diet only between July and September, as compared to the spring diet which was made up of vertebrates.


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