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1 August 2010 Natural History of The Coral Snake Micrurus pyrrhocryptus Cope 1862 (Elapidae) from Semideciduous Forests of Western Brazil
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Abstract

Coral snakes in the genus Micrurus are widely distributed in the Neotropics, with more than 50 species already described in this region. They are primarily ground or leaf litter dwellers, feed on snakes or other elongate vertebrates, and tend to reproduce during the rainy season. We present data on the biology of Micrurus pyrrhocryptus from two semideciduous forests of Mato Grosso do Sul state, western Brazil. Two snake species were consumed: the dipsadid Sibynomorphus lavillai and the typhlopid Typhlops brongersmianus. Sexual dimorphism is marked in M. pyrrhocryptus, with males attaining larger sizes and having longer tails. Activity was concentrated in the wet season, when reproduction occurs. The defensive behavior in this species is similar to that displayed by other Micrurus, although less pronounced.

© 2010 Brazilian Society of Herpetology
Robson W. Ávila, Ricardo A. Kawashita-Ribeiro, Vanda L. Ferreira, and Christine Strüssmann "Natural History of The Coral Snake Micrurus pyrrhocryptus Cope 1862 (Elapidae) from Semideciduous Forests of Western Brazil," South American Journal of Herpetology 5(2), (1 August 2010). https://doi.org/10.2994/057.005.0204
Accepted: 7 October 2009; Published: 1 August 2010
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