Boiga irregularis (Brown Treesnake). Predation attempt by crab

Product Type: 

Journal Article

Year: 

2011

Author(s): 

Lardner, B., J.A. Savidge, T.J. Hinkle, E. Wostl, S.R. Siers, R.N. Reed, G.H. Rodda

Suggested Citation: 

Lardner, B., J.A. Savidge, T.J. Hinkle, E. Wostl, S.R. Siers, R.N. Reed, G.H. Rodda. 2011. Boiga irregularis (Brown Treesnake). Predation attempt by crab. Herpetological Review. 42(3): 434-435.

The Coconut Crab (Birgus lacro) , also known as the Robber Crab, is the heaviest terrestrial invertebrate in the world with a mass occasionally exceeding 3 kg (Amesbury 19BO. UL1iv. Guam Tech. Rep. 17:1-39). While primarily an omnivore feeding on vegetative matter and scavenging for dead animals, it may also prey on live invertebrates and vertebrates such as sea turtle hatchlings and rats (Greenaway 2003. Mem. Mus. Victoria 60:13-26; Kessler 2005. Crustaceana 78:761-762)...

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