Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Swamp Bites!

It's tough being a snake in the old-growth, cypress-tupelo swamp at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest! Previously, we've shown images of an Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus) killing and eating a Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota). Last week, a visitor showed us images of an Eastern Cottonmouth killing a long Greenish Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta x quadrivittata). Today, visitors came into the center with video of an Eastern Cottonmouth swimming with a dead Red-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster) in its jaws.

Maybe we should rephrase our first sentence to read, "It's tough being a non-cottonmouth snake in the old-growth..."

Images by Mark Musselman

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