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It’s A Snake Eat Frog World September 8, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Life Balance, Nature.
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As the Bard so aptly noted . . . on the world’s stage, we all have our parts to play.   Some are joys.  Some are jobs.  And some are onerous burdens.

Here on our tiny lagoon, we have a front row seat as real life dramas play out before our eyes. 

We watch wildlife (otters, birds, turtles, snakes, frogs, fish, and lizards) play their assigned roles ~ sometimes acting as the hunter . . . other times as the hunted.

Last week, while outside with mom, I heard an excited cheeping sound. 

I peered over the deck railing, expecting to see Mr. Frog or Mr. Toad using his long sticky protruding tongue to lap up bugs, filling a much needed role in maintaining ecological balance.

Instead, I saw a frog being consumed head first, over his loud and vocal protestations, by a six-foot long black racer.

As the frog disappeared from view, his cheeping chirps faded, until he was nothing more than a bulge in the snake’s belly.

Some days, we’re the bird.  Other days, the statue.   Or, worse still, the worm.

Having reached the end of this post without encountering graphic footage of the event in question, I expect many of you are breathing a sigh of relief: 

Aah . . . that’s better!

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