Title

Self and conspecific dermatophagy in the aquatic salamander amphiuma tridactylum

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Abstract

Dermatophagy, the practice of eating shed skin, in amphibians and reptiles has been reported anecdotally in the literature, but the process and purpose remains poorly understood. We document a fortuitous observation of whole-skin shedding and conspecific dermatophagy in Amphiuma tridactylum (Three-toed Amphiuma), and report on 2 additional observations of self-dermatophagy. Shed skins are potential protein and nutrient sources, and we suggest that dermatophagy may be a much more common occurrence than originally thought.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Southeastern Naturalist

First Page

N40

Last Page

N43

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