1 month ago
On the subject of predation, we were surprised the other day to find a Green Vine snake in the pool,struggling with a large frog that it was trying to get into its mouth. Surprised because this snake normally lives in trees and bushes from where it spots its prey, such as lizards, on lower branches or on the ground. We have never before seen one on the ground in the open or in the pool. When we went to watch more closely the snake dropped the frog, left the pool and came towards the camera (photo2). We happily took the opportunity for close up photos of this "non poisonous" snake which we consider to be beautiful, especially when it winds gracefully through plants (photo 3). Much to our further surprise it suddenly went into an attack position and opened its mouth wide as you can see in this shot, taken quickly before leaping backwards out of the way. Although classified as non poisonous their saliva is toxic and the large fangs at the top rear of their mouth, bite into the prey enabling swift pentration of the saliva and quickly stunning their prey. This allows the snake to swallow things much larger than their mouths, also aided by the snakes loose jaw and elastic ligaments. Much as we love this snake and are happy with its role in the garden, we will now avoid getting too close so as not to find out how effective its toxic saliva is on humans....
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