Thursday, March 26, 2015

Let's Have Lizard for Lunch‏

This great egret caught a skink in my yard on Manasota Key and played with it for a while before swallowing.  This is interesting on two levels. First this aquatic wading bird is foraging for reptiles on dry land, and thus showing flexible behavior, one reason great egrets are doing so well compared to some other declining species.  Second this southeastern five-lined skink is thought to be toxic to mammals, so I wonder if the egret suffered any ill effects.  

Bill Dunson

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