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|Other Titles:||The Crawling Speeds of the Three Sympatric Laticaudine Sea Kraits on Different Substrates|
S. Wang and Ming-Chung Tu
Department of Life Science, NTNU
Three sympatric laticaudine sea kraits are abundant at Orchid Island during the night time. Among habitats of three kinds of substrates (shingle, coral, fine gravel), they are especially abundant at the coral reef areas. An investigation on the crawling speeds of the sea kraits on the three substrates was conducted in our study. On the basis of crawling speed may be affected by the substrates, we predicted that sea kraits may have different crawling speeds on the various substrates. Based on the assumptions that a better locomotor performance at the most frequently utilized habitat should be favored by animals, a better crawling ability of sea kraits should be found on the coral surface. Although our results showed a different sprint speeds on the three substrates, the excellent crawling ability on the fine gravel surface was beyond our prediction.
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