Prey Handling Behavior of Eumeces gilberti with Comments on Headfirst Ingestion in Squamates

@article{Queiroz1987PreyHB,
  title={Prey Handling Behavior of Eumeces gilberti with Comments on Headfirst Ingestion in Squamates},
  author={A. Queiroz and K. Queiroz},
  journal={Journal of Herpetology},
  year={1987},
  volume={21},
  pages={57-63}
}
Captive Gilbert's skinks (Eumeces gilberti) almost always swallowed prey that were rela- tively difficult to ingest (crickets) headfirst, regardless of whether they initially grasped the anterior or posterior half of the prey. Skinks took longer to handle (subdue and swallow) crickets attacked posteriorly than those attacked anteriorly. The skinks tended to swallow prey that were relatively easy to ingest (mealworms) headfirst also. However, for these prey, site of attack influenced direction… Expand
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