TWO UNUSUAL BIRD TALES.
Lawrie Conole <>
Thu, 06 Nov 2003 11:50:49 +1100
re #2 "Do Tiger Snakes normally eat birds? Answer: YES"
Well, and no. There is a lovely picture of a Tiger Snake
with a Short-tailed Shearwater chick in "The handbook of
Australian Sea-birds" saying "they often co-habit and
tolerate each other."
Well ... but ... etc.
Some Bass Strait island Tiger Snakes live entirely on the young of
seabirds - mostly Short-tailed Shearwater chicks! ... because there
isn't much else to eat in some of those places ... and they only eat for
a small period each year when the chicks are available. They may or may
not decimate the population of shearwater chicks - that I can't comment
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