Observations of raccoon (Procyon lotor) predation on the invasive Maculata apple snail (Pomacea maculata) in southern Louisiana

Southeastern Naturalist
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Abstract

We used camera traps to determine which predators were responsible for depredated Pomacea maculata (Maculata Apple Snail) shells at 2 different study sites. Evidence of predation at these sites included operculums near the shells with a small amount of flesh attached and shells accumulating a meter or more from the water’s edge with no evidence of recent flooding. In both locations, the most frequently observed potential predators were Procyon lotor (Raccoon), which was the only species directly observed capturing and eating Apple Snails.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Observations of raccoon (Procyon lotor) predation on the invasive Maculata apple snail (Pomacea maculata) in southern Louisiana
Series title Southeastern Naturalist
Volume 16
Issue 3
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Eagle Hill Publications
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 5 p.
First page N14
Last page N18
Country United States
State Louisiana