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Gardner Snake and Toad


While walking along a river bed and waterfalls amongst the rocks I found this snake eating a toad. What a find!


Rocky, stream with a waterfalls near by. Not much water flowing, not much rain lately.

1 Species ID Suggestions

eastern garter snake
Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis Common Garter Snake

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skopeion 8 years ago

Nice shot

KarenL 8 years ago

Interesting fact! Snakes possess an amazing ability to consume prey larger than their heads, and many people believe that they are able to unhinge their top and bottom jaws in order to do this. This is not true; however, the two halves of the lower jaw are not connected at the front, allowing them to swing away from one another and to work independently to pull food into the snake’s muscular throat.

Snakes possess an extremely hard skull that protects them from brain damage when they clasp large thrashing animals in their jaws. They are also able to shunt their respiratory tube to the side so they can still breathe whilst slowly swallowing large prey.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Beautiful series! Welcome to the community!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Yeah I say! I've always felt weird about watching frogs being eaten because of their oddly lethargic nature while being eaten. What a find though!

KarenSaxton 8 years ago

awesome find! Hope you enjoy PN and the great helpful community here.

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A photographer, In the right place at the right time!! Beautiful spotting, Marylee.
Welcome to Project Noah.

dotun55 8 years ago

Spot on!

ceherzog 8 years ago

Great timing...welcome aboard!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Great series!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Fantastic! What a great series of photos! So impressive! And welcome to Project Noah! Your first upload is WONDERFUL!

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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Aug 25, 2013
Submitted on Aug 26, 2013

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