• Vladimir Dinets

    Thanks! Many of my papers make it into the mainstream media, but somehow it doesn’t translate into career enhancements. The best media coverage ever was by Steven Colbert: he commented on my paper on tree-climbing behavior in crocodiles, saying “Great, one more animal I have to worry about shitting on me!”

  • Alan D

    Well done Vladimir. That’s pretty darn interesting and would be really cool to see. Did you happen to take any video?

    • Vladimir Dinets

      No, I didn’t want to disturb the animals and Jamaican fruit bats there tend to panic if you turn the light on.

  • Miles Foster

    Very interesting. Is this learned behaviour or instinctive?

    • Vladimir Dinets

      I wish I knew. I think learned is slightly more likely because only a tiny percentage of Cuban boas lives in bat caves. But I wouldn’t bet more than a dollar on it 🙂

  • Jim Tassano

    The paper is at http://animalbehaviorandcognition.org/uploads/journals/14/02%20Feb2017%20Dinets_HH(7)_final.pdf You don’t have to answer these questions, but some of us might like the other side of the story.
    Were you there to study bats, originally, and then switched to the snakes? What does that cave actually look like? (I could not find any photos) Do you have photos? How deep? Dark? I presume there has to be sufficient light for the snakes to see their prey. How long do you stay in the cave? Do you wear respiratory protection?

  • Vladimir Dinets

    Originally I was there guiding a bird+mammal-watching tour (there is a trip report on this site), and stumbled upon the cave while looking for bats other than Artibeus jamaicensis 🙂 The cave is an open sinkhole with short passages leading in all directions; there aren’t many formations and nothing particularly interesting from geological point of view (there are lots of similar caves in the park). It is not particularly deep (you can see the entrance light from the farthest point). I stayed there for a couple hours every morning and evening, and didn’t wear any protection because it’s not a so-called hot cave.

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