Crocodylus acutus (American crocodile). Diet

Herpetological Review
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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 type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Crocodylus acutus (American crocodile). Diet
Series title Herpetological Review
Volume 53
Issue 3
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR)
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 493
Last page 494
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