Biting off more than you can chew: attempted predation on a human by a giant snake (Simalia amethistina)

Daniel Natusch*, Jessica Lyons, Lea Ann Mears, Richard Shine

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Abstract

On 10 March 2014, a radio-tracked Australian scrub python (Simalia amethistina) made a predatory attack on a 64 kg sleeping woman. The snake was unsuccessful, but data from our radio-tracking programme suggest that predation attempts on oversized prey are not uncommon – even if they threaten the survival of the predator. We explore hypotheses about why snakes attempt to consume such large meals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalAustral Ecology
Volume46
Issue number1
Early online date6 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Cape York
  • constrictor
  • feeding ecology
  • Morelia kinghorni
  • oversized
  • scrub python

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