Relationships of
Vertebrate Animals
to this Plant:


Opuntia spp.
(Prickly Pear) [Cactaceae]
(observations are from Ernst et al., Martin et al., and Myers et al.)

Cervidae: Odocoileus virginianus (White-tailed Deer) [another study is cited in which an unspecified percentage of deer droppings contained viable seeds of these plants] Myr2004; Sciuridae: Ictidomys tridecemlineatus (Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel) [fruits & seeds comprise 2-5% of the diet in the Prairie region during summer] MZN1951


Emydidae: Terrapene ornata (Ornate Box Turtle) [feeds on pads & fruits] EBL1994