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Overcoming Gape Limit in Snakes

Gape-limited animals are those that are unable to take chunks out of their food, and therefore, the size of prey they can consume is essentially limited by whatever they can fit in their mouth at maximum mouth opening (gape). Snakes are one such group of gape-limited predators and as such, they typically swallow their prey... Continue Reading →

Bad Apples

I love the wooden boardwalks that snake their way over the reed-filled ponds at the Beddagana Wetland Park, in the southern suburbs of Colombo. My favourite section is that which tunnels its way through the dense crops of trees that spring out of the water. So it was with quite some surprise and more than... Continue Reading →

Thalangama Lake Visit | 26-02-2022

I visited the Thalangam lake on the aforementioned date and spent the morning between 7:00am and 10:00am at the location. It was not cloudy, with plenty of sunlight and the temperature was around 26°C. The following fauna were observed: Mammalia Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)Indian palm squirrel () Aves Purple-headed swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)Indian pond heron... Continue Reading →

A Rat Snake’s Growl Maybe Worse Than Its Bite

The behaviour of snakes towards humans has always been a topic of heated argument. From black mamba's (Dendroaspis polylepis) flinging themselves off tree branches onto the heads of unsuspecting herdsman in Africa, to cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) chasing people in the Everglades, many swear by unprovoked, violent behaviour shown by these reptiles. However, these are myths.... Continue Reading →

Diyasaru Park Visit | 22-02-2022

I visited Diyasaru Park on the morning of above date. I spent the morning between 6:00 and 9:30 at the park. It was a bit cloudy but not overcast and the temperature was around 28°C. A clear sunrise was observed. The following fauna were observed: Mammalia Indian palm squirrel (Funambulus palmarum)Western purple-faced leaf monkey (Semnopithecus... Continue Reading →

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