night adder swallowing toadCaption: Rhombic Night Adder (Causus rhombeatus) has its work cut out trying to swallow a Guttural Toad (Bufo gutturalis).

Camera: Canon EOS 50D; Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal length: 300mm; Shutter speed: 1/320; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 800.

We found this night adder trying to devour a frog (a guttural toad, we think) on the lawn of the next-door property. When we arrived, the snake had its jaws clamped on the frog’s rear end. Then we watched its various manoeuvres until it was able to latch on to the frog’s snout and gradually draw the entire head into its jaws.

Although some will probably find the photos repulsive (they’re no worse than the one above, by the way), if you’re interested in predator and prey behavior, have a look at our Night Adder Swallowing Frog photo sequence.

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