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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Predator and Prey


A rainy Saturday is the best medication for the addicted photographer!! Finally I have a chance to get caught up on all the editing and such!!

Today's Blog entry is a stunning set between an Eastern Garter Snake and a rather large Bull Frog. While I was out shooting around the marsh I heard the cries of a frog. Low and behold the whole episode was unfolding right beside me.

The snake first had the frog by the head, and it was his intended meal!! Well the frog did break free and dove back into the water, and hid beneath. I thought that it was all over, frog wins, and snake loses... Wrong!! The snake actually went out on the water, stuck his head below and found the frog, grabbing it by the leg. The snake then proceeded to pull the frog back onto land! In the first photo(Top left) you can see the snake has hold of the frog's leg.

Snake's have the amazing ability to unlock their jaws to allow the swallowing of large prey items such as this frog. Bit by bit they work their mouths over and around, using their sharp teeth to keep a firm grip so that the prey can not slip out. In the next shot (Right Center) you can see just how the snake accomplishes this. All the Bull Frog can do is keep himself inflated with air, to make himself as big as possible, with the hope that the snake will give up and spit him back out, which does happen.

The last shot shows the snake getting a good swallow hold on the frog, which it eventually managed to swallow! The final picture is my favorite from the shoot, and I have also entered it into the National Geographic Your Shot contest, which if it gets selected could make it into publication! Well, until next time, Put a Canon to your head, You deserve it!!

3 comments:

  1. I think im going to cry!
    HOWEVER....Just amazing shots Derek and ill be keeping my fingers crossed for you for Nat Geo.....any chance we get to vote? Let me know how you get on wont you,i very much doubt they would pass on the photography you offer!

    Good luck!

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  2. Pssst just checking in to see if theres any news on your contest Derek?.....have a brill day!

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  3. Sorry about the long delay :( I need to pay more attention to my blog!!! No news to report on the National Geographic Contest... But I keep trying!

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