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Volume 7 | Number 4 | November 2015 v7i4.199 cover 74


Volume 7 | Number 4 | November 2015
Short Note
ISSN: 1800-427X (print)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)

Submitted date: 10 Sepetmber 2014
Accepted date: 19 March 2015
Published date: 15 August 2015
Pp. 253–254.

On the neck seizing behavior of leopard in southern Rajasthan, India

S.K. Sharma* & V.K. Koli
*Corresponding author. E-mail: sksharma56@gmail.com

Leopard or panther Panthera pardus, one of the large cats of the Indian subcontinent, preys on medium to small sized wild animals like langurs and other monkeys, deer, antelope, rodents, birds, reptiles and crabs, and can also take dogs, livestock and poultry. A piece of shell of a unio Parraysia (Radiatula) caerulae was found in the stomach during the post-mortem of a subadult panther in the Jhadol area of Udaipur district during 1994; this species of unio is commonly found in the perennial streams of south Rajasthan. Scat studies reveal that panthers also feed on Tatera indica in Rajasthan. The panther attacks the neck region of its prey, and overcomes or kills it by gripping in the region of the throat and does not leave it till the prey dies, mainly due to suffocation.

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