Predation on Birds by Snakes in Trinidad and Tobago

Floyd E. Hayes


Although many species of snakes routinely forage on birds, observations of such incidents are seldom observed and reported in the literature. In Trinidad and Tobago, at least 16 of the 46 snake species are known to take birds, yet few details are available on the circumstances regarding predation, such as the size of the snake, age of bird, time of day, foraging substrate, etc. (Murphy 1997; Boos 2001). Here ten incidents of snakes foraging on wild birds and three of snakes foraging on captive birds within Trinidad and Tobago are reported.

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