|SREL Reprint #1073|
on Turtle Egg Predation by Lampropeltis getulus (Linnaeus) (Reptilia:
Colubridae) on the Savannah River Plant, South Carolina
L. Knight and Raymond K. Loraine
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.
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.