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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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1. Pocket Perspectives - September 8, 2012

What a dynamic stage you have there!

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

It is that, Kathy.

We’ve seen a great blue heron eat a rat, a snake eat a frog, birds eating fish, fish and frogs eating bugs, otters playing and tumbling about.

2. Don - September 8, 2012

Must have been quite a sight. Some years ago I saw a Green Mamba (species of snake here) catch a Black Flycatcher. It was sad to watch, but that’s what nature does, doesn’t it.

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

It’s all part of the circle of life . . . but I’m glad it wasn’t my pet Frog ~ Bud Weis Er. 😀

Are Green Mambas as dangerous as Black Mambas?

Don - September 8, 2012

Both are dangerous, but the Black Mamba is far more dangerous. The area in which we live is home to both. Lots of them here, but we all live well together. We don’t disturb them and they don’t disturb us.

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

Thanks, Don. A good “live and let me live” approach to snakes. 😀

3. Zen and Genki - September 8, 2012

Lucky you to have such theatre in your very own backyard 🙂 (and lucky us to get to see it through your eyes!)

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

It’s a pretty enticing view most days . . . my desk looks out over the lagoon which can be distracting when I’m writing. Especially if the otters are tumbling about on the far banks.

4. nancy curteman - September 8, 2012

Do those snakes ever pay visits to your patio? Beautiful Egret.

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

We’ve never seen a snake ON the deck . . . but we have had one in the front courtyard and several on the rocks below the deck. Fortunately, the black racers RACE away as soon as they sense our presence.

They are F~A~S~T~E~R than Flash Gordon!

5. Piglet in Portugal - September 8, 2012

Poor little thing. Fancy being swallowed alive and whole. What a way to go!.

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

Definitely not on my bucket list, PiP! I want to drift off in my sleep . . . a bit further down the road.

6. sufilight - September 8, 2012

Nancy, Poor froggie! I would feel sick if I saw an animal eat another animal. Yikes! My sis shared that one of her acquaintances in Florida has a family member who had a little dog gobbled up by an alligator while she was watching in the balcony. She could not rescue him and became very traumatized by this experience.

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

For me, it depends on the animal being eaten . . . I would be frantic watching someone’s pet (or child) being eaten by an alligator, crocodile, or other wild beastie.

I felt bad for the little froggie . . . but it was over so fast that it didn’t give me nightmares.

7. Julie - September 8, 2012

You’re right, I AM breathing a sigh of relief – LOL!

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

I often run for my camera to catch the happenings on the lagoon. I must admit I wasn’t a bit tempted to capture the frog’s legs as they disappeared down the snake’s gullet.

8. colonialist - September 8, 2012

Lovely sights and a graphic description, but I wish you had a shot of the black racer, with or without signs of pregnancy! It sounds like a most interesting serpent.

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

Your wish is my command, Col . . . scroll down to the bottom photo:

https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/photo-challenge-abundance/

9. barb19 - September 8, 2012

You must see nature dramas played out every day from your own doorstep – interesting place to live Nancy!
Poor little frog though – that’s nature I guess . . .

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

I often find myself rooting for the underdog (or under~frog) and being disappointed when they do NOT come out on top.

Zebras, especially, seem to get more than their fair share of unwanted attention from predators on the Serengeti plains. 😦

barb19 - September 8, 2012

That is so sad about the zebras, they are so beautiful and unique; nature is cruel sometimes.

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

Yes it is. Last night, I watched Stand Up 2 Cancer . . . seeing young children battling that BEAST is so sad. Before they’ve even had a chance to live, they are fighting for their lives.

10. sweetdaysundertheoaks - September 8, 2012

Nancy I have a rough time with that kind of stuff. I know all about nature and how it works but Spring started off with three baby Phoebes that were in a nest right outside our back door on the gutter. Man they had some brave parents. And we helped too. But in the end a Blue Jay killed all three. I was heartbroken. CH even sat out in lawn chair and chased it off every time it showed up. I don’t know I just don’t handle that stuff well. I guess I’m just a softie. I wish that little frog would have won the battle. On a lighter note, I showed CH the video for the Magic of Belle Isle an 2 seconds in he said “I like it”. We are working on it now! Enjoy your night!

nrhatch - September 8, 2012

I’m with you, Pix! I rarely see the world from a predator’s perspective . . . just one reason why I’ve been a vegetarian for the past 15 years.

Enjoy the Magic of Belle Isle! 😀

11. Pseu - September 9, 2012

It’s a snake eat frog world, hey.

Shame there’s not photo of the consumption!

nrhatch - September 9, 2012

And the award for the “least squeamish” comment goes to . . . Pseu! You’re a brave lass. 😯

12. jannatwrites - September 10, 2012

Oh, thank goodness you didn’t have pictures of the act (or worse – video!) I know nature is a creature-eat-creature world, but my stomach can’t handle seeing it 🙂

nrhatch - September 10, 2012

I’ll run and get the camera to capture a beautiful sunset, or a mother duck herding his babies, but I’m not inclined to photograph reptilian carnivores eating breakfast. 😉

13. Three Well Beings - September 10, 2012

Thank you for sparing the photos, Nancy. Just the thought of it was quite enough. I have trouble giving meal worms to the little tortoise. One day I looked out the kitchen window to see a heron in our backyard pond gobbling up the goldfish, and although I was somewhat horrified, it was almost magnificent. The bird was gorgeous and so unexpected. I suppose I just don’t like to think about it much. Ha! Debra

nrhatch - September 10, 2012

I love watching the pelicans “fishing” in the lagoon, with a resounding “cloumph” each time they close their beaks. Same goes for herons, cormorants, etc. But . . . if they started eating my pet goldfish, I would be horrified, “No! Oh, Nemo!”

14. Perfecting Motherhood - September 10, 2012

Lovely sight… Although I’d take a snake over an alligator in front of my house anytime!

nrhatch - September 10, 2012

I am inclined to agree. Most of the alligators around here are relatively “docile” . . . . as long as they’re fed on time. 😉

15. spilledinkguy - September 11, 2012

Wasn’t there a ‘Never Give Up’ poster of a half-eaten frog reaching out with its legs / strangling the bird attempting to swallow it? I could just be making that up.
🙂

nrhatch - September 11, 2012

YES! I remember that poster . . . Never, Never, Never Give Up!

16. Booksphotographsandartwork - September 12, 2012

I was holding my breath hopeing you didn’t show that! Love the birds and palms though. We have been having a lot of hawks. I never got around to posting about a huge hawk right outside of bedroom window eye level sitting on one of my birdnests! I spents days chasing it away from my babies. That thing was huge. It just shouldn’t have been trying to steal my baby robins.

nrhatch - September 13, 2012

I try to let nature do it’s thing . . . most times. But it would be hard to stand by and watch a predator snatch babies from the nest without trying to intervene.

Unless I tell myself something like, “Maybe the hawk has babies of its own that it is trying to feed.”

17. cecilia - May 22, 2013

Nancy these are fantastic, what a glorious place for a early cuppa, I have chosen the top shot for tomorrows back porch series if that is alright with a link back to you. I am doing a mixture of links and photos, I am having fun making this post!! c

nrhatch - May 22, 2013

That’s fine! I’m not certain that picture was taken from our back deck . . . it might have been taken around the corner from us, but we often have great white egrets hanging out there.

18. cat - May 22, 2013

coming over from miss c, what i nice view you have!

nrhatch - May 22, 2013

Her post tomorrow should be lots of FUN. 😀

19. viv blake - May 23, 2013

Now you have topped us all with the exoticism of your shots. Gorgeous.

nrhatch - May 23, 2013

I need to run over and see the other shots. Thanks, Viv.

20. A Flood of delightful back porch views! | thekitchensgarden - May 23, 2013

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21. Marmepurl - May 23, 2013

popped over from C’s to see more of your views. So pretty.
Having encountered a snake of unknown variety to me in the barn this morning, I am intrigued by the comments conversation.

nrhatch - May 23, 2013

Snakes of unknown variety make me nervous. 😯

22. viv blake - May 23, 2013

Please, where is Garybuie? I thought I knew Scotland and Jock is a Scot, But I’ve never seen the name before.

nrhatch - May 23, 2013

Viv ~ I think someone else mentioned Garybuie. Twasn’t me.

23. pattisj - May 24, 2013

What a lovely view you have there. I don’t know that I’d want to go inside.

nrhatch - May 24, 2013

Thanks, Patti. In the summer, we have to escape inside for a blast of A/C. Hope you enjoyed Cecilia’s View from the Back Door series.

pattisj - May 25, 2013

Celi had a great idea. A/C is a very good reason to go inside.

nrhatch - May 25, 2013

Yes, once temps reach the 90’s, respite is nice. Aah . . .

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