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1 June 2007 Oviposition and Hatchling Diet of a Snail-eating Snake Pareas iwasakii (Colubridae: Pareatinae)
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Pareas iwasakii, a rare pareatine snake endemic to Japan, is considered a dietary specialist on land snails. I observed the oviposition and hatchling diet of this species in captivity. One female laid six eggs on 30 September, and one of these eggs hatched on 26 November 2004. The hatchling fed on the soft body of juvenile land snails, leaving empty shells, most likely by extracting the former from the latter using its mandibles as do the adult snakes. This observation suggests that the dietary habits of P. iwasakii do not exhibit ontogenetic changes.

Masaki HOSO "Oviposition and Hatchling Diet of a Snail-eating Snake Pareas iwasakii (Colubridae: Pareatinae)," Current Herpetology 26(1), (1 June 2007). https://doi.org/10.3105/1345-5834(2007)26[41:OAHDOA]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 1 April 2007; Published: 1 June 2007
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