Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis) Tails Found in Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) Nests
Hannah C. McNeese1, Angelina M. Burgess1, Diane L.H. Neudorf1,*, and Juan D. Daza1
1Department Biological Sciences, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341. *Corresponding author.
Southeastern Naturalist,Volume 20, Issue 3 (2021): N88–N91
Thryothorus ludovicianus (Carolina Wren) have rarely been reported to eat lizards. We found Scincella lateralis (Ground Skink) tails in 3 nests of Carolina Wrens occupying nest boxes in residential areas of Huntsville, TX, in 2017. The most likely explanation is that the wrens had been feeding the skinks or their tail sections to their nestlings.
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