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Eastern Montpellier Snake (Malpolon insignitus fuscus) Ophiophagy Behavior from Zagros Mountains

Barbod Safaei-Mahroo, Hanyeh Ghaffari, Saeed Salmabadi, Arman Kamangar, Shirvan Almasi, Seyed Mahdi Kazemi, Aram Ghafoor


Herein, we present three cases of wild Malpolon insignitus preying on Platyceps najadum, Eirenis punctatolineatus, and Natrix tessellata from Iran, in addition one observation from Kurdistan of Iraq. Furthermore, we report two new records of M. insignitus from northwestern Iran.


Malpolon insignitus; Serpentes; Lamprophiidae; Kurdistan; Iran; Iraq; diet

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