TORONTO – According to a study recently published in the journal Animal Behavior and Cognition, some snakes hunt in groups and even consciously coordinate their attacks. Vladimir Dinets of the University of Tennessee (USA) studied the behavior of Cuban boas in Desembarco del Granma National Park.
This species of snakes, also called Chilabothrus angulifer, hunts Jamaican bats in caves with a very special and calculated attack technique.
Snakes Wait In Ambush
According to Vladimir Dinets, these snakes are waiting in small cavities near the ceiling and walls at the entrance to the caves, watching for their prey to hit them at the right time.
“Snakes arriving to the hunting area were significantly more likely to position themselves in the part of the passage where other snakes were already present, forming a ‘fence’ across the passage and thus more effectively blocking the flight path of the prey, significantly increasing hunting efficiency,” the study’s abstract states. Individual snakes would position themselves in a way as to improve the odds of the pack making a kill.
“It is possible that coordinated hunting is not uncommon among snakes, but it will take a lot of very patient field research to find out,” Dinets said in a statement.
This hunting process has recently been the subject of a documentary on the BBC.
The study was publishedin the journal Animal Behavior and Cognition.