Feral pigs eating turtles

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  1. GeckoJosh

    GeckoJosh Almost Legendary

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    I have done more than a few necropsies and I also think the scenario is quite plausible, its just the turtles themselves to me look very flat and rubbery. I am not familiar with that species of turtles as hatchlings so it was just a guess on my part which is why I asked for confirmation :)
     
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    I'm just one of those people that "don't necessarily believe" everything I see on the net or tv, for that matter. I mean the amount of people that believe Reality TV series is real just makes me cringe.

    Look at the feral cat pic & the list of contents it's eaten...
    24 Painted Dragons...all partially digested.
    Do Painted Dragons live together in communities?
    Did the feral cat decide to eat nothing but Painted Dragons for breakfast, lunch & dinner...all in one day?

    Sorry, but I naturally doubt what I see sometimes.
     
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    That's all well and good, being sceptical is fine and your prerogative. I was just explaining why the pictures are laid out like this (as you had used that as a reason to dispute the validity). If you choose to believe the picture is 'fake' is your own business but I wanted you to understand that this is a common practice and so does not automatically render it a 'fake'.

    I can't comment on those last few questions, someone else might be able to answer them though.
     
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    All the pigs iv seen chew their food like crazy. Maybe he didnt want to get shot, so scoved them? Smart pig
     
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    I never meant to de-rail this thread into a conspiracy theory. But yeah...the initial response to this topic was questioning the validity of the photo...not the devastating impact on our natives.
    As yeah Gaboon hit the nail on the head...Pigs CHEW their food...sorry but that photo shows no evidence of the sort.
     
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    I think we'll have to agree to disagree on this point. I don't know how well this zooms in on other devices but from my iphone most of those little turtles look pretty mangled. I don't imagine a pig would have much use for chewing these beyond 'crushing' them, which it appears to have done.

    Like I said though, I'll agree to disagree, this is just my opinion :)
     
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    As a hunter who visits quite a few hunting forums I see a lot of similar pics. Plenty infact showing whole prey items similar to those in this thread....Feel free to check out any hunting forum or google "stomache contents of feral so and so"

    Here's a link showing a pig that's devoured a ton of frogs A Question of Balance - Environmental Program=

    ETA: I am not saying pigs entirely swallow whole, what I am saying is they don't always chew to a pulp. They may chew just enough to kill their prey, a single bite may be enough infact OR in the case of being in a large group may want to swallow as quickly as possible to avoid competition from other pigs
     
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    Having watched someone gut a pig years ago that was feeding below an egret nesting colony and seeing a number of still squirming hatchling birds spill out amoungst the other stuff, I can attest to the fact that these turtles have totally conceivably come from inside a pig.

    Turtles do indeed emerge from the nest at the same time, sometimes hatchlings will spend a day or two underground waiting for the rest of their mates to hatch and for favorable conditions. If a pig comes searches out a nest in this state it will end up with a gut full of freshly hatched turtles.

    A friend of mine did his honours on feral pigs, and I believe has been working with the pig management program up the cape. During his honours he found fragments of crocodile skin in the gut contents of at least one pig. They will eat anything.

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