Video Proof That Lizards Eat Coqui Frogs in the Wild

A while back I posted a video of a gecko attacking coqui frogs and this was in a controlled environment.

AlaskaSteven made the following comment:

Interesting, indeed. Seems like this question could be answered fairly easily but to be a fair test the coqui would need to be small enough for the gecko to ingest and the gecko would need to be “as per usual” with regard to access to other food sources, not starved. The natural experiment is probably happening all over Puna, all the time. Has anyone observed the outcome firsthand?

If it turns out geckos do eat coquis then I wonder if a predator-prey population cycle like that between lynx and snowshoe hares will eventually come to pass?

Well this morning I went outside and I noticed this lizard was attacking this coqui frog so I grabbed my camera and was able to capture the following before it ran off with the frog (Note frog in mouth around the :15 second mark):


One Response

  1. Kinda hard to see, but it looks like a gecko cousin— it’s a skink, I think.

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