Predation on a blotched bluetongue lizard (Tiliqua nigrolutea) by a highlands copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) in the Blue Mountains, Australia

Fitzsimons, James A. 2011, Predation on a blotched bluetongue lizard (Tiliqua nigrolutea) by a highlands copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) in the Blue Mountains, Australia, Herpetology notes, vol. 4, pp. 259-260.

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Title Predation on a blotched bluetongue lizard (Tiliqua nigrolutea) by a highlands copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) in the Blue Mountains, Australia
Formatted title Predation on a Blotched Bluetongue Lizard (Tiliqua nigrolutea) by a Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) in the Blue Mountains, Australia
Author(s) Fitzsimons, James A.
Journal name Herpetology notes
Volume number 4
Start page 259
End page 260
Total pages 2
Publisher Societas Europaea Herpetologica
Place of publication [Wiesbaden, Germany]
Publication date 2011-08-04
ISSN 2071-5773
Keyword(s) Predation
Blotched Bluetongue Lizard
Tiliqua nigrolutea
Highlands Copperhead
Austrelaps ramsayi
Summary This note documents a predation event on a juvenile Blotched Bluetongue Lizard (Tiliqua nigrolutea) by a Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) in the Blue Mountains, Australia.  The diet of elapid snakes in the genus Austrelaps consists mainly of frogs and small skinks. Adults of the larger Tiliqua species may be too large for Austrelaps species to consume, and juveniles of these larger Tiliqua are possibly approaching the larger end of consumable prey items for Austrelaps.
Notes Contact jfitzsimons@tnc.org for a fulltext version of this article
Language eng
Field of Research 060801 Animal Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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