Most information available is known to apply only to the common sunbeam snake (Xenopeltis unicolor). Stomach contents of wild-caught snakes contain predominantly lizards (particularly skinks), snakes, and frogs, although small mammals and birds have also been recorded. In captivity, sunbeam snakes will usually eat mice, including adult mice that they kill by constriction. Prey capture in captivity is unusual in appearing accidental and undirected, although snakes will pursue mice. Swallowing is extremely rapid despite the limited mobility of the upper jaws.
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