Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Leiocephalus Diet

The diet of Leiocephalus keeps expanding. Today we discovered that they also prey upon the introduced house gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia). At Snake Cay, I caught an adult female curly, (SVL 78 mm) and while handling her, she barfed a blob of body parts, including a relatively undigested tail (see attached picture). Based on the size of the tail my best guess is that it was a juvenile gecko of approximately 35 mm SVL. Take a careful look at the tail and you should see the very distinctive triangular scales and the banded pattern characteristic of Hemidactulus mabouia.

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