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Brown Vine Snake & Lizard

Oxybelis aeneus & Gonatodes albogularis


Brown snake preying on an Orange-headed lizard. The lizard was still struggling for life during the pictures


Secondary forest

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Nacho Garcia
Nacho Garcia 8 years ago

sorprendente amigo!!! Amazing!!!!

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Congratulations Juan. Beautiful pictures but makes me sad.

Great moment Juan,super spotting,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 9 years ago

well deserved SOTD. Really a great series, all photos sharp and clear and full of action. Brilliant!

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Absolutely a hands down winner! I missed it when first posted. Congratulations, Juan DiTrani....
Rangers....great choice! Thank you.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

Thanks guys!

Congratulations Juan!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 9 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Congrats. Well deserved.

DraganTapshanov 9 years ago

You should submit this shots to Nat. Geo!

Yasser 9 years ago

Congrats Juan! This super snake series was selected as our Spotting of the Week! Enjoy the recognition and thanks for sharing.


CalebSteindel 9 years ago

sweet series...

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

Thanks Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Fantastic spotting Juan.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

Thanks for the honor Fyn!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

Hi Ashley. I think the snake didn't feel comfortable with my pictures, so after a couple of minutes she started climbing the vines and entered the forest (but didn't release the prey)

AshleyT 9 years ago

The prey won't be struggling though, this snake is mildly venomous (though not a threat to humans). All it has to do to turn the lizard is move one fang at a time. I see my snakes do it while in the air, they are quite the little acrobats when they need to be :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Ashley, I know that snakes (at least some of them) can move their jaws laterally, until they get to the prey's head. Also, I know that they can eat preys much bigger than themselves. But this snake has most of its body in the air, without a visible foothold. Besides, as it is not a constrictor type of snake, it would be hard for it to hold a large, struggling prey. Anyway, It is surely a great spotting.

AshleyT 9 years ago

Sergio he wouldn't have a problem eating something this size, just has to turn it the right way :) I am interested to know if you stayed to see if he ate it or not too though!

rams4d 9 years ago

Súper sólidas esas fotos.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Astonishing! Do you think the snake could handle such a big prey? Did it eat the lizzard?

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

Thanks Ashley

AshleyT 9 years ago

Such an awesome series!

Juan DiTrani
Spotted by
Juan DiTrani

Panamá, Panamá, Panama

Spotted on May 26, 2015
Submitted on Jun 4, 2015

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