Anolis Predation, Again

On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon an Alsophis portoricensis eating an adult male Anolis cristatellus. I was immediately reminded of Yoel’s post about A. sagrei and a black racer, and decided to set up my video camera. The entire event took about seventeen minutes, but sadly I missed the most interesting part – the capture. For those of you who don’t want to sit through the ten-minute clip, I recommend checking out the 3:50 mark [where the anole has his dewlap extended] and the last 30 seconds or so [to see both an interesting witness to the feeding event and the snake’s attempt to climb the tree after completing its meal].

Hungry for more information on Alsophis feeding behavior, particularly as it relates to anoles? Check out the work by Javier Rodríguez-Robles, Manuel Leal, & Richard Thomas, over at Javier’s home-page here.

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2 Responses to Anolis Predation, Again

  1. Mike says:

    Very neat video!

    I administer a flickr group that contains lots of photos and some video of snakes capturing and consuming prey in nature. Please consider adding your video to the group:

    Filefish Holding On
  2. Pingback: Curly Tail Lizard Consumes Anole |

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