Food composition of Ocellated Skink, Chalcides ocellatus (Forskal, 1775) (Squamata: Scincidae), from the Cyprus Island


ÇİÇEK K. , Gocmen B.

ACTA HERPETOLOGICA, vol.8, no.2, pp.167-170, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.13128/acta_herpetol-13404
  • Title of Journal : ACTA HERPETOLOGICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.167-170

Abstract

We examined the food composition of the museum specimens of Chalcides ocellatus (Forskal, 1775) collected from Morphou (=Guzelyurt) and Gonyeli (Nicosia District, Northern Cyprus). The stomach contents of 41 (23 males, 11 females, and 7 juveniles) individuals were analyzed, and totally 86 prey items were detected. The species was found to feed mainly on a variety of insects (94.3%) and particularly on coleopterans (62.1%). No statistically significant sex-or age-dependent difference was observed in the feeding regime. In conclusion, the diet of C. ocellatus was based mainly on insects and other arthropods.