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Erpeton is a genus of water snake of the family Colubridae, which includes a single known species, the tentacled snake, Erpeton tentaculatum. They are aquatic and extremely fast in catching their prey, small fish[1]. The snakes accomplish the capture of their pray by cheating on a C-start escape reflex of the fish: after approaching a fish the snake bends, and makes a quick movement with a measured segment of its body, startling the fish exactly in the direction of snake's head[2].

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  • Catania, Kenneth C (2011). "Natural-Born Killer: Lethal from day one, the tentacled snake uses surprisingly sly tactics to capture fish." Scientific American. April 2011, pp. 65-67.

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