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Snake and Toad
Posted By: Rimfiredude, 05-29-2015, 08:25 PM

I was inside the house playing on the computer as usual when my brother came running in saying I had to see this. He was right, what a scene, a snake devouring a toad.

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05-30-2015, 06:21 AM   #2
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Wow what a sequence - survival
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Wow what a sequence - survival
And as soon as the snake swallowed the toad it was bye bye. Like a shot and he was out of sight.
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A sequence of images worthy of any wildlife publication.

What's the red bit? does it belong to the snake or the unfortunate toad?

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A sequence of images worthy of any wildlife publication.

What's the red bit? does it belong to the snake or the unfortunate toad?
I can't tell if it is part of the snake or toad, even at a 100% crop
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rimfiredude Quote
even at a 100% crop
Stop... that's way too close for me.
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That's amazing! Couldn't see the first shot though.
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Here I live and think I've seen everything, or almost everything.
And here I saw something that I have never seen.

Lucky shot.

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These are great.
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A sequence of images worthy of any wildlife publication.

What's the red bit? does it belong to the snake or the unfortunate toad?
Another 100% crop and I still am not sure who belongs to the red thing. Looks like the toad popped.
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Wonder if it's the lungs of the toad. A remarkable series.
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Cool photos! The snake is eating it backwards which makes it even more unusual.
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I believe this is the distended paratoid gland of the toad which is situated behind the eye of the toad. This gland produces a venom that is toxic to many creatures but to which garter snakes are immune. With permission, I could forward this link to our herpetologist at the provincial museum for comment.

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this is the distended paratoid gland
That sounds like a person who knows their stuff... I'm sold on that even without the second opinion.
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I believe this is the distended paratoid gland of the toad which is situated behind the eye of the toad. This gland produces a venom that is toxic to many creatures but to which garter snakes are immune. With permission, I could forward this link to our herpetologist at the provincial museum for comment.

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Please forward the link. I would love to know more about the red thingy.
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