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Crocodylus acutus (American crocodile). Diet

December 30, 2022

Reported prey items of Crocodylus acutus include insects, crustaceans, fish, and large reptiles (Medem 1981. Los Crocodylia de Sur America. Volumen I. Los Crocodylia de Colombia. Colciencias. Bogota, Colombia. 398 pp.; Platt et al. 2002. Herpetol. Rev. 33:202–203; Platt et al. 2013. J. Herpetol. 47:1–10; Balaguera-Reina et al. 2018. Ecosphere 9:e02393). Recently, new potential prey items such as Ligia spp. (isopod), Python molurus bivittatus (Burmese Python), and Arius felis (Hardhead catfish) have also been documented in Florida, USA (Farris et al. 2015. Herpetol. Rev. 46:85–86; Godfrey et al. 2021. Herpetol. Rev. 52:641–642; Godfrey et al. 2022. Herpetol. Rev. 53:315–316). However, to our knowledge the toxic Sphoeroides spengleri (Bandtail Pufferfish) has not been reported in the diet of C. acutus; herein we report on the possibly lethal effects of a C. acutus from consumption of a pufferfish in south Florida.

Publication Year 2022
Title Crocodylus acutus (American crocodile). Diet
Authors Sidney T. Godfrey, Michael Cherkiss, Jeffrey S. Beauchamp, Michiko A. Squires, Frank J. Mazzotti, Lindsey Hord, William Billings
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Herpetological Review
Index ID 70241009
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center