It's a Snake eat Frog kind of Jungle out there

One of the best walks I have ever done was in February in Costa at a wonderful place called Rara Avis.

One of the residents there was a herpetologist called Don who led a night walk to see what we could see. Not content with walking the paths we were scrambling up streams and down gullies and it was just superb. During this walk I found this snake attacking and eating a frog. They were a Brilliant Forest Frog (Rana warszewitschii) and Northern Cat-eyed Snake (Leptodeira septentrionalis).

You had to feel for the frog, but a snake has to eat too! Cat-Eyed snakes are called that because thier eyes have pupils that resemble a cat.

To scale this the frog was about 4 to 5cm end to end. Snake was 30cm or thereabout long, but very thin.

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  • Penelope Dewar 4y

    Predation definitely has its place in the balance of everything, though it's never a pretty site.

    A unique capture. And as always you caught with precision.
  • TBR 4y

    Anna and I just have to go to Costa Rica (or Nicaragua!) - and this brilliant photo and story have made my mind up!
    Great stuff Chris!
  • Tim Ransom 4y

    Ah mate i am highly impressed by your shots from Costa Rica and this one is simply stunning capture! I mean top class! Timing, detail, sharpness ... its all there and more! Gotta feel for the frog tho eh!
  • Mark and Nicole 4y

    and again, the clarity and detail is insane and the moment captured decisive. I'd have been glad the frog was there - snake biting from means snake is to busy to bite me!
  • Pregilla 4y

    Fantastic observation, great photo!
  • Sarah Barnes 4y

    I was so tempted to stay at Rara Avis, it sounds amazing, but the tractor journey put me off
  • Chris Morgan 4y

    The tractor was actually great fun. Amazing how steep a track a tractor can haul a trailer up.
  • Sarah Barnes 4y

    Next time then.
  • David Steen Hansen 3y

    Amazing picture.... But the funny thing is that it doesn't even look like the frog is in pain? At first I was like "Ah, that frog looks like it's enjoying itself"... but then I saw the two cat-eyes and I was like "HUH!!?" xD... Well done! Good thing the snake didn't invite you for dinner.
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Taken on February 16, 2011
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