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3 August 2019 Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) Predation on a Southeastern Pocket Gopher (Geomys pinetis)
J.T. Pynne, Steven B. Castleberry, L. Mike Conner, Elizabeth I. Parsons, Robert A. Gitzen, James D. Austin, Sarah I. Duncan, Robert A. McCleery
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Numerous vertebrate species including Pituophis spp. (pine snakes) and birds of prey have been shown to consume Geomys pinetis (Southeastern Pocket Gopher), but its full spectrum of predators remains undocumented. As a part of a larger project involving radiotracking Southeastern Pocket Gophers in southwestern Georgia, a female Pocket Gopher was consumed by a Crotalus horridus (Timber Rattlesnake) while making an aboveground movement. Timber Rattlesnakes are a previously undocumented predator for Southeastern Pocket Gophers. Our observation further demonstrates predation risks associated with aboveground movement.

J.T. Pynne, Steven B. Castleberry, L. Mike Conner, Elizabeth I. Parsons, Robert A. Gitzen, James D. Austin, Sarah I. Duncan, and Robert A. McCleery "Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) Predation on a Southeastern Pocket Gopher (Geomys pinetis)," Southeastern Naturalist 18(3), (3 August 2019). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.018.0301
Published: 3 August 2019
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