Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hey, there's a frog in your mouth.


Whoa. Kinda gnarly, huh? Forgot about this guy (Texas garter snake, I'm pretty sure) - found him in South Texas in May, working hard to get his meal down. It was a little difficult to watch, but he's gotta eat. By a "little difficult" I mean really rough. The frog was alive the entire time, which was about 20 minutes, eyes open and making noises. Oh boy.

15 comments:

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh my, oh my...I was having heart failure once watching something very much like this and the frog in this case was actually too big for the tiny little green snake to take down and after watching the snake and hearing the frog for over an hour, I opened the snakes mouth and out jumped the frog...I am sure it found something next time, that it could tackle...yep this is difficult, yet it it life;(

Al said...

That's not something I'd want to stick around and watch, but it would be impressive to see. Nature is tough!

Seagull Steve said...

5 stars for that last shot.

Barb said...

Yikes! Something I've never witnessed - I don't think I'll peek again either! (You get the most fascinating shots.)

Arija said...

Yikky! I've rescued the occasional frog from a cat now and then. They cry like babies, it sounds so human . . .
Lucky snake, poor frog and some great morbid nature shots.

ChrisJ said...

Oh wow! I've seen this happen with mice when my kids had snakes. We also used to go down to a local pond to catch frogs. Not a pretty sight, but just amazing photography!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

My son had a Rosy Boa... never liked feeding it live mice, but it had to be done. Great photos!

Out on the prairie said...

Amazingily some get away after being somewhat swallowed.

Clytie said...

I guess it's the same feeling the insects get when the frog snaps them up mid-air ... great photos, if a little hard to, er, "digest"?

In the past month I have rescued (from our cats) 3 snakes, 2 frogs, 1 lizard, 1 squirrel, 2 chipmunks, 1 memory card, and a whole pile of receipts (I have a cat who loves to get in my purse and take out the paper).

They all survived except one of the chipmunks.

Ms. Becky said...

I know this is bad, but I can see myself killing the snake in order to save the frog. I try to save everything...but snakes. happy day to you.

veredit said...

mmmm... if eyes are greater than the own mouth, there's is a problem ...but she will have get him down already.
marvelous and very impressive images

wish you a nice weekend,

isabella

MyMaracas said...

Hats off to you for your wise acceptance of Mother Nature at her cruelest. I would have tried to rescue the frog.

Dominic Gendron said...

Ive seen this once...really impressive demonstration of nature! Great shot you captured!!!

TexWisGirl said...

oh dear. nature can be tough, sometimes!

Larry said...

Cool capture Jill. I wonder why the snake didn't take the frog head first. It must have been hard to get that frog to fold its front legs in to finish the ordeal. Hard to watch I'm sure.