The behaviour of sea snakes (Emydocephalus annulatus) shifts with the tides

Claire Goiran, Gregory P. Brown, Richard Shine*

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    Tidal cycles are known to affect the ecology of many marine animals, but logistical obstacles have discouraged behavioural studies on sea snakes in the wild. Here, we analyse a large dataset (1,445 observations of 126 individuals) to explore tidally-driven shifts in the behaviour of free-ranging turtle-headed sea snakes (Emydocephalus annulatus, Hydrophiinae) in the Baie des Citrons, New Caledonia. Snakes tended to move into newly-inundated areas with the rising tide, and became more active (e.g. switched from inactivity to mate-searching and courting) as water levels rose. However, the relative use of alternative habitat types was largely unaffected by tidal phase.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number11346
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalScientific Reports
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2020

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