U.S. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


Date of this Version

January 2007


Published in Herpetological Review 38(4), 2007.


Leiocephalus carinatus armouri is a well-established exotic species in Florida (Meshaka et al. 2004. The Exotic Amphibians and Reptiles of Florida. Krieger Publishing Co., Malabar, Florida. 155 pp.; Smith and Engeman 2004. Florida Field Nat. 32:107-113; Meshaka et al. 2005. Southeast. Nat. 4521-526). Various avian species are predators of L. c. amouri in Florida including the Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) (Smith et al. 2006. Herpetol. Rev. 37:224). Here we report an attack by a L. c. armouri on a pre-fledgling Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) in Florida.