Hungry Snake

 

It's bitter cold today and no reptile would be moving around, so this is a summer memory. We had fun this past year meeting up with +Alex Lapidus and +Linda Villers and we spent the day sharing with them some of our favourite spots. On our walk to the Kejimkujik seaside adjunct, we spotted this fellow with a frog in his mouth. The frog was easily 4 times as wide as the snake and the back legs (from my memory) were being swallowed as the snake began to ingest his prey. I can't interpret the look on the face of any reptile, but I am pretty sure I saw panic in the eyes of that frog. As we came nearer, the snake was startled and relaxed its grip for a second. The frog struggled free and hopped off and the snake, disappointed and no doubt hungry, turned to make his own escape into the undergrowth beside the path.

For today's #wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus
and a little late for
#ReptileMonday +Reptile Monday by +Will Pirnasch +Nicole Best

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  1. Boys aren't known for being real bright about women at ten years old, but I should have figured things out by my mom and my grandmothers reactions. Mrs. Spring seemed different for some reason. Oh well.

  2. It was a lot of fun, Linda. And it culminated in that great eagle photo you got! +Linda Villers

    Oh this place is full of wildlife and not only in Keji, +Hugo Burnham and snakes are certainly here, though we don't see many around our house. I think that was a Maritime garter snake, as they can be quite variable in colour. http://novascotia.ca/museum/amphibians/image.asp?id=3&spec=snakes is not unlike it. And as to the loons, well they are not unknown around our house they are beautiful birds, which have a wonderful eerie haunting cry that can almost sound like a person crying or calling. I love them. But they are usually more seen on the lakes inland part of Keji. This is an 'adjunct' which is not attached to the main park, but about 2 hours drive from it and is on the shore. I guess you do get loons on the ocean, but I don't think I have seen any there. We did see seals, though.

    It was great, Alex and that snake was one of the high spots for me, although I think it was one of you who spotted him first. +Alex Lapidus

    Thanks +Wise Snake

    I'm so glad you do, +Sumit Sen

    I know what you mean, +Shelly Gunderson but that frog only owes its life to the surprise we gave that snake. I didn't fancy trying to pull it out of his mouth!!

    +glenn harrison Ha ha! The complete opposite of the snake philosophy, I guess "As long as it has legs, eat it! And sometimes if it doesn't…"

    +Ric Wooldridge that is a great story! I can't believe that you would be suspended and then banned from her class when you were just being generous and thoughtful and at that tender age, too! What an unappreciative person she must have been. How would I have reacted to a car full of snakes? The element of surprise would have been interesting there, too.

  3. When I was young I loved catching snakes. I would bring them to school and show them to the class. I thought my teacher loved snakes too, so a buddy of mine and I caught about fifty garden snakes , put them in a box, and waited after school to give them to her. When she didn't show up we left them in her car. We were suspended from school and then banned from her class for the rest of forth grade. Oops!

  4. Hey,
    My younger son had a great little saying that applied to creatures (though I don’t think that it applied to fish). Here’s the phrase:
    Count the legs. More than 4: kill it! Less than 2: kill it! I think I am correct in saying that snakes have less than two legs?

  5. Snakes alive! Ellie. I honestly didn't associate Canada with snakes for some reason but after I googled Kejimkujik I see you have eastern ribbon snakes there as well as garter snakes! This doesn't look like an eastern ribbon or garter snake, do you know what species it is?
    According to Wikipedia Loons are not uncommon in Keji either. I'll say no more.

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