SREL Reprint #1073

 

 

 

Notes on Turtle Egg Predation by Lampropeltis getulus (Linnaeus) (Reptilia: Colubridae) on the Savannah River Plant, South Carolina

James L. Knight and Raymond K. Loraine

 

Abstract

Observations on turtle egg predation by the colubrid snake Lampropeltis getulus on the Savannah River Plant, South Carolina, indicate that, during the turtle nesting season, some king-snakes apparently search out and consume the contents of multiple turtle nests.  This seems especially true for nests of kinosternid turtles.  Future studies of predators on turtle nests within the range of L. getulus should take that taxon into account as a potentially prominent predator.  Eggs of Sternotherus odoratus may hatch even after passing through the digestive tract of L. getulus.

 

SREL Reprint #1073

Knight, J.L. and R.K. Loraine. 1986. Notes on turtle egg predation by Lampropeltis getulus (Linnaeus) (Reptilia: Colubridae) on the Savannah River Plant, South Carolina. Brimleyana 12:1-4.

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