Notes on the feeding habits of the Caribbean Watersnake, Tretanorhinus variabilis (Dipsadidae)

Authors

  • Yaira López-Hurtado Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática, La Habana 11900, Cuba
  • L. Yusnaviel García-Padrón Museo de Historia Natural “Tranquilino Sandalio de Noda,” Martí 202, Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • Adonis González Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática, La Habana 11900, Cuba
  • Luis M. Díaz Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Cuba, La Habana, Cuba
  • Tomás M. Rodríguez-Cabrera Sociedad Cubana de Zoología, La Habana 12000, Cuba

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v27i2.14105

Abstract

The Caribbean Watersnake, Tretanorhinus variabilis (Dipsadidae) is one of two aquatic West Indian snakes. Despite being a relatively common species in Cuba and the Cayman Islands, its feeding habits have been poorly stud­ied. Herein we report several new instances of predation by this species on fishes, frogs, and a freshwater crab. The latter represents the first record of durophagy in this species and the third snake reported as a crab eater in the West Indies.

 

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Published

2020-07-17

How to Cite

López-Hurtado, Y., García-Padrón , L. Y., González, A. ., Díaz, L. M., & Rodríguez-Cabrera, T. M. (2020). Notes on the feeding habits of the Caribbean Watersnake, Tretanorhinus variabilis (Dipsadidae) . Reptiles & Amphibians, 27(2), 147–153. https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v27i2.14105