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1 January 2016 Predation on Amphibians and Reptiles by Reintroduced Whooping Cranes (Grus americana) in Louisiana
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Predation on reptiles and amphibians by whooping cranes (Grus americanus) is widely reported, but all published data are anecdotal or based on singular observations, and mostly refer to isolated predation events. Some observers consider reptiles and amphibians to only be occasional prey items of whooping cranes. I report observations that show reptiles and amphibians to be an important food source for reintroduced whooping cranes in Louisiana, particularly in spring months, in that they might become a significant source of high-value food during the cranes’ nesting season.

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Vladimir Dinets "Predation on Amphibians and Reptiles by Reintroduced Whooping Cranes (Grus americana) in Louisiana," The American Midland Naturalist 175(1), 134-137, (1 January 2016). https://doi.org/10.1674/amid-175-01-134-137.1
Received: 29 May 2015; Accepted: 1 September 2015; Published: 1 January 2016
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