THE FOOD OF A SAMPLE OF CROCODILES (CROCODILUS NILOTICUS L.) FROM LAKE VICTORIA

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SUMMARY

  • 1The stomach-contents of sixty-seven crocodiles from Napoleon Gulf, Lake Victoria, and two from elsewhere in Uganda have been examined. The lengths of all crocodiles were recorded.
  • 2In recording the results, consideration has been given to the size and abundance of food items, as well as to the frequency of their occurrence. A detailed list of stomach-contents is given, and also brief notes on some of the food organisms.
  • 3These data confirm previous observations on the food of crocodiles in Uganda in so far as they demonstrate a change in diet with size. In the present series, insects provided the most important food of crocodiles less than 1 metre long, but larger individuals fed to a progressively greater extent on fishes and other vertebrates.

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