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Oak Snake (video -dines on Ruby Throat)

Elaphe obsoleta spiloides

Description:

Graphic in nature - a very hungry oak snake snatches a hummingbird out of mid air and eats it. Though this is just nature being nature - it maybe disturbing to some. This is referred to as a Florida white oak snake, or rat snake, as it normally feeds on small rodents. I had moved this oak snake from my bushes twice, and even moved my hummingbird feeder. Thinking the feeder was far enough way, I decided to take a few full length shots of the oak snake (which was about 3 feet long, pencil thin and extremely hungry). Sitting at my pond taking photos when all of a sudden out of nowhere a male hummingbird was hovering too close, and the oak snake snatched it out of mid air. My first reaction was to run to the birds aid, but of course by the time I got there, there was nothing I could do- so decided to video tape the feeding for my Nature Photography series...Note- once the snake swallowed the hummer, I moved the snake to a far off location under some leaf litter - and I will be sure to move them far away if I see them next to my feeding area again..

Habitat:

They live any place where trees are abundant and there is an adequate food source. The snakes can also be found in barns or other outdoor buildings where they catch mice. Although Oak Snakes might catch young chickens or eat eggs, they are normally beneficial and should not be killed.

Notes:

Graphic in nature - a very hungry oak snake snatches a hummingbird out of mid air and eats it. Though this is just nature being nature - it maybe disturbing to some. Some of the best information on these snakes is found here: http://www.tanwater.com/wildlife/white_o...

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11 Comments

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you shekainahdalaban :) Oak snakes are constrictors and are not venomous. Though I wouldn't recommend for a pet. they are not very aggressive, but they give off a very bad musty odor when handled. I learned this the hard way when I first moved a larger one out of my house! Couldn't figure out what I kept smelling, and then I realized it was the snake stink.

Wow! This snake must be really fast to catch such a quick bird. Its a constrictor so maybe its not venomous . A very nice pet material, I love its colors and patterns. Very very lovely.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you Maria :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

wow - that is an incredible spotting!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you Janson :) I felt bad for the one that kept buzzing behind the snake, almost as if it wanted to protect its friend.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you harsuame, and thanks Cindy for letting me know they are visible now. Wasn't exactly the photos i was after, but not much I could to save the bird..so just kept the camera running

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Ah, now I see them. It may have been my computer. I just cleared the cache.

harsuame
harsuame 7 years ago

Espectacular secuencia felicidades

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Thank you Cindy, just deleted and uploaded them again.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Awesome spotting and video! Pics 2 & 3 aren't showing up though.

MaryEvans2
Spotted by
MaryEvans2

Greenville, Florida, USA

Lat: 30.47, Long: -83.63

Spotted on Apr 29, 2012
Submitted on Apr 30, 2012

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