Snake co-occurrence patterns are best explained by habitat and hypothesized effects of interspecific interactions (pages 286–295)
David A. Steen, Christopher J. W. McClure, Jean C. Brock, D. Craig Rudolph, Josh B. Pierce, James R. Lee, W. Jeffrey Humphries, Beau B. Gregory, William B. Sutton, Lora L. Smith, Danna L. Baxley, Dirk J. Stevenson and Craig Guyer
Version of Record online: 2 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12121
Different species of snakes are generally thought to be able to live in the same area because they eat different things. However, this study provides evidence that different species are actually competing with each other over resources and lesser competitors are unable to persist in a given area. Photo by Aubrey Heupel.