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Yellow rat snake


KarenL 9 years ago

Fun fact! Having no limbs to provide leverage, snakes cannot tear up their food and so almost all snakes swallow their prey whole. Unlike a mammalian jaw that is built for brute force, a snake's is rigged with tendons, muscles, and ligaments that give the jaw amazing flexibility. A snake’s two lower jaws move independently of one another, joined by an elastic ligament that allows them to spread apart so that it is able to “walk” its skull over its prey, then the muscles of its body and small hook shaped teeth on the roof of its mouth help to push the food toward its stomach aided by salivary juices which moisten the intended food item. Snakes have extremely elastic skin and lack a sternum and shoulder girdles, freeing up the ribs and allowing them to expand to accommodate large prey.

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Amazing series. I am so glad I don't have to eat that.

MichaelRodrigues 9 years ago

Absolutely right. Seems to be a swamp eel.

For a sense of scale, I've uploaded another slightly blurry photo to show the size comparison.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

wow fantastic capture!

hernandezwolf99 9 years ago

What is it eating?

rams4d 9 years ago

Amazing, congrats

EstebanJaramillo55 9 years ago

I think this eating Synbranchus
does it took a from a river?

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Spotted on Jul 11, 2008
Submitted on May 6, 2014

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