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Progressive skinning of toads (Bufo bufo) by the eurasian otter (Lutra lutra)

Slater, Frederick Maurice 2002. Progressive skinning of toads (Bufo bufo) by the eurasian otter (Lutra lutra). Iucn Otter Specialist Group Bulletin 19 (1) , pp. 25-29.

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Abstract

Predation of the Common Toad (Bufo bufo) by otters is less common than predation of the Common Frog (Rana temporaria). To avoid the paratoid glands of toads, only the hind legs may be skinned and eaten. At a B. bufo breeding site, regularly predated by otters, an increasing proportion of predated toads have been completely skinned. With declining populations of fish and crustacean prey, it is suggested that this apparent behavioural change better utilises the residual food resource.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Publisher: IUCN Otter Specialist Group
ISSN: 1023-9030
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:17
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/50422

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