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Re: Sundry responses of Bois
On Mon, 29 May 2000, Stanley Friesen wrote:
> Expecially given the reputation of the living opossum as an
> egg-stealer! Based on reputation the biggest egg-stealers in the USA are
> opossums and *snakes* - and the latter is probably the worse "threat".
The literature I have read also gives a large role to skunks, foxes,
minks, racoons. But, since my hypothesis depends on increasing predation
load, I have an open-tent policy--come on in! My only proviso is that we
recognize that not all nest and hatchling predators are equal (not that we
know which are better, best).
> Snakes are a big culprit here. Why not suggest snakes as the cause of
> dinosaur extinction :-) They were relatively recently evolved at the time?
Yes, and some big buggers, too. Man, what a nightmare. Imagine colonial
dinosaurs, with rigid genetic rules ordering them not to move at night (so
they don't break their nest/eggs/hatchlings) among a seething mass of
rapacious egg eating snakes!