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North Queensland Naturalist 51: 16-25


Using time-lapse photography supplemented by direct observation, courtship behaviour in a pair of Coastal Taipans Oxyuranus scutellatus was recorded in the field over a nine-day period and the details of the behaviour are described. During courtship the male remained in close proximity to the female, frequently in direct physical contact with her, where it engaged in a number of stereotypical behaviours such as massaging her dorsal surface by making lateral wave-like movements with its body, chin-rubbing, head-jerking, and probing the length of her body with his snout. The female lay passively at all times during courtship and sloughed on the final day when mating presumably occurred.

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