Predation on a cryptic rainforest rodent (Pogonomys sp.) by a carpet python (Morelia spilota)

Jennifer M. Fill*, Alastair B. Freeman, Georgeanna Story, Timothy J. Curran

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    Abstract

    The tree mouse (Pogonomys sp.) is a cryptic species from north-east Queensland. We report the first known predation of this species by a reptile, the carpet python (Morelia spilota), based on the identification of hair retrieved from a road-killed python. We describe characteristics of the hair sample and comment on implications that diverse foraging strategies in a reptilian predator may have for prey behaviour and vulnerability.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)224-226
    Number of pages3
    JournalAustralian Mammalogy
    Volume35
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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