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What indigos eat

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Posted by: tbrophy at Thu Nov 29 09:36:18 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by tbrophy ]  
   

These are some of the food items found in wild indigos. This was based on museum specimen gut contents, regurgitated or palpated items, field observations, and feces.
Shark head
Southern toad
bullfrogs
leopard frogs
siren
American alligator (juvenile)
peninsula cooter eggs
gopher tortoise babies and eggs
glass lizards
watersnakes (four species)
eastern ribbonsnakes
eastern garter snakes
scarlet snakes
ring-necked snakes
southern and eastern hognose snakes
mudsnakes
rainbow snakes
common kingsnakes
eastern coachwwhip snakes
eastern indigo snakes (juvenile)
racers
ratsnakes
cornsnakes
rough green snakes
copperheads
cottonmouths
pygmy rattlesnakes
eastern diamondbacks
timber rattlesnakes
coral snakes
domestic chicken
scrub jay
meadowlarks
towhees
opposum (juvenile)
marsh rabbit (nestling)
eastern cottontail
cotton mouse, hispid cotton rat
house mouse
black rat
southern flying squirrel

Notice a trend? Very broad diet, but strong preference for snakes.

This was taken from the paper by Dirk Stevenson (now with Project Orianne)which I referred to in the thread below.


   

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