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Cannibal: an organism that feeds on other members of its species.

 cannibal tiger salamander

A cannibalistic salamander eating a snack... maybe a friend or neighbor.

non-cannibal salamander mouth

Non-cannibalistic salamanders are lighter in color, smaller in size and usually have smoother teeth.

cannibal salamander mouth

Cannibalistic salamanders are more aggressive toward their "food", their bodies are darker in color, and their teeth are much sharper.

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  • Article: Cannibal Salamanders
  • Author(s): Steve Koppes
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: December 17, 2009
  • Date accessed: February 24, 2024
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APA Style

Steve Koppes. (2009, December 17). Cannibal Salamanders. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved February 24, 2024 from

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Chicago Manual of Style

Steve Koppes. "Cannibal Salamanders". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 17 December, 2009.

MLA 2017 Style

Steve Koppes. "Cannibal Salamanders". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 17 Dec 2009. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 24 Feb 2024.

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Cannibal common tree frog

Cannibalism is common in insects and other invertebrates, but less so in vertebrates, like this tree frog. Image by H. Krisp.

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