Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for December, 2009

No time for anything substantive lately, though thoughts on the ZSL caecilian meeting coming up soon. Meanwhile, here’s another short article in the ‘over-enthusiastic swallowing’ series: note that the articles aren’t all about cases where animals choke to death. Some of them concern cases where the animals swallow insanely large objects, and still live to…

It’s well known that herons are gluttonous birds that will catch and eat (or try to eat) pretty much any animal within the right size range. Everyone knows that herons eat fish, but they also eat frogs, snakes, small mammals (including rodents and rabbits), and birds including doves, grebes and ducklings. We previously looked at…

In case it isn’t obvious, I’ve decided to do a little series on ‘over-eager swallowing’. And here’s the latest instalment. Here’s an unfortunate Perentie Varanus giganteus that died after trying to swallow a Short-beaked echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus…

Continuing with the theme of over-eager swallowing of large prey, I thought I’d share the following case, reported in the literature by Clark (1967). A Horned or Sand viper specimen belonging to the subspecies Vipera ammodytes meridionalis (sometimes called the Eastern sand viper) was caught on the Greek island of Euboia. It looked fat at…