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Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris Lesson, 1831) preys on a radiated tortoise in Sri Lanka

Authors:

Mahesh C de Silva ,

The Young Zoologists’ Association, Department of National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala, LK
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AA Thasun Amarasinghe,

Komunitas Konservasi Alam Tanah Timur, Jl. Kuricang 18 Gd.9 No.47, Ciputat 15412, Tangerang, ID
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Anslem de Silva,

Amphibia and Reptile Research Organization of Sri Lanka, 15/1, Dolosbage Road, Gampola, LK
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DMS Suranjan Karunarathna

Nature Exploration & Education Team, No: B-1 / G-6, De Soysapura, Morauwa, LK
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Abstract

The Mugger crocodile is the second largest crocodile in Sri Lanka. Recently we observed a Mugger attacking an unidentified radiated tortoise. The body morphology and colouration of this particular tortoise appeared different to the native Star tortoise widely distributed in the country. Thus, the possibility of an escaped or released exotic pet is discussed.

Key words: Sri Lanka; Crocodylus palustris; Geochelone elegans; Stigmochelys pardalis; feeding

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v3i1.3232

TAPROBANICA, April, 2011. Vol. 03, No. 01: pp. 38-41

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v3i1.3232
How to Cite: de Silva, M.C. et al., (2011). Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris Lesson, 1831) preys on a radiated tortoise in Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 3(1), pp.38–41. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v3i1.3232
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Published on 02 Aug 2011.
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