Time of day predicts the activity budget in the Emerald Tree Boa (Boidae: Corallus batesii) across multiple behaviors
Berry, Savannah Margaret
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Exploring the spatial ecology and behavior of organisms is essential to understand an organism’s niche and how to better accommodate animals that are kept in captivity (Ross et al., 2011; Plowman, 2003). Emerald Tree Boas (Corallus batesii) are commonly kept as pets and are important predators in the Amazon; however, despite their commercial exploitation and ecological importance, little is known about their behavior. This paper attempts to fill this literature gap by quantifying the behavior of a juvenile Corallus batesii. The activity budget of the snake was video recorded over a period of three months and was coded using the event logging software, BORIS (Friard & Gamba, 2016). After conducting individual regression analyses on five behaviors (hunting, moving, resting, other: stationary, and out of view), it was found that time of day significantly predicted the behaviors of hunting (p=0.0178, df=23, t=8.50) and resting (p=0.00337, df=23, t=3.52). Hunting behavior was observed between the hours of 2200 h and 700 h and resting between 800 h and 2100 h.