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Hungry snake discovers you are what you eat

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posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 03:58 AM

A New South Wales man has had an interesting encounter with not one but two snakes, and he has the photos to prove it.

Tony Barton from South Gundagai says he and his wife had just been out for lunch about a month ago when they returned home and spotted a black snake alongside the car.

It turned out to be a red belly black snake about 165 centimetres long - a species well known for a taste for other snakes.

"It looked like there was a stick or branch off a tree that was coming up towards it, so we drove past to about get 10 metres away from it and I ducked up the back lawn and around to have a close look," he said.

Mr Barton says his wife called out to him to ask him what he was staring at.

He yelled back, "Well, it's a jolly big black snake eating another one! Consuming it! You keep an eye on it and I'll duck in and get the camera."

Mr Barton says it took about 10 to 15 minutes for the black snake to fully consume the brown snake, which he says was about 135 centimetres long.

Then it went off for a snooze.

"It was fairly sluggish after such a huge meal," he said.

Initially, Mr Barton thought someone had killed the snake and it was all a practical joke.

He says when the black snake finished eating the brown snake, something irritated the black and it moved off to try to get a bit of relief from the discomfort.

Not long after, the snake returned - this time to the back lawn.

"I walked up and got within three metres of it," he said.

"I was having a close look at it when it opened its mouth a little bit and I spotted this beady eye and the head of the brown snake in its mouth!

"So I got the camera ready, took the shot as the brown snake came out a few inches, fastened onto the black's lower jaw and pulled itself completely out.

"It had all this mucus all over it. Then the two parted ways."

Mr Barton reckons that somehow the brown snake turned itself around inside the black snake.

"When you tell these stories no-one believes you, but I have the photographs," he said.

Well, now I really have seen it all. I read this article in astonishment and decided it was worthy of posting!!! You have to see it to believe it so click on the link and take a look at the photo!!!

I will see if I can find the other photo's he apparently took...

posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 04:08 AM
OK found another source with a series of 3 photo's in a slideshow. I am not entirely sure whether I am allowed to post the pictures here so I will post the link instead....

posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 05:57 AM
Wow! I wish i'd witnessed that. That's so cool! That was one hell of a lucky Brown.

It's so funny they just parted ways after all that. Maybe a bit of snake respect there? Or maybe the black had quite a bit of a tummy ache after the ordeal

posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 06:48 AM
I wanted to see the snakes head inside the other snake

still an interesting story. i remember my grandpa telling me a story story like this, i thought he was just making things up but obviously not.

posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 06:53 AM
Imagine if that smaller snake,had eaten a smaller snake,which had eaten a smaller snake which had eaten a smaller snake. It'd be like russian dolls,but way more wrigglier. And slightly more bitey.

posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 12:32 PM
Yeah that is cool. But the strangest thng I ever saw with snakes is. My dad killed a snake because my mom hates them. The snake had just or recently eatin a bird egg. A few hours after he killed the snake the egg hatched in its stomack. Alas the little bird didn't survive but it was still an odd site to see an egg hatch inside a snake.

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