Eat your heart out: Choice and handling of novel toxic prey by predatory water rats

Marissa L. Parrott, J. Sean Doody, Colin McHenry, Simon Clulow

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Abstract

We investigated predator-prey interactions between cane toads (Rhinella marina) and native water rats (Hydromys chrysogaster), where toads are novel prey. We show that wild water rats preferentially targeted larger toads, and consumed specific non-toxic organs only. Rats either rapidly learned these behaviours, or adapted them from hunting native frogs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-229
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Mammalogy
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes

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