Fist record of ophiophagy in the false coral snake Oxyrhopus trigeminus Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854

Alcéster Diego Coelho-Lima, Géssica Oliveira Ramos, Ronei Bruno Xavier Martins, Lyse Panelli de Castro Meira


The false coral Oxyrhopus trigeminus is a very common snakes in Northeastern Brazil. Its diet consists mainly of lizards, however, small mammals and birds have already been registered in their diet. During a wildlife rescue activity, we recorded an adult individual of this species who, after being translocated, regurgitated an adult individual of Oxybelis aeneus. This occasional record is the first case of ophiophagy behavior for this species.

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Revista de la Asociación Herpetológica Argentina. ISSN en línea 1852-5768. Asociación Civil Herpetológica Argentina. Paz Soldán 5100. Piso 1 Dpto 8. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.