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A Snake Escapes from a Larger Snake’s Mouth

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Image credit: Dick Mulder. A small snake emerges from a larger one that had recently eaten it.

An amazing photo showed that a snake managed to escape after being eaten by a larger serpent, because the smaller snake was lucky enough to be undigested as its predator became the prey for a pet cat.

Usually we are used to the stories about one predator getting topped by another, but we seldom expect such occurrence in reality as did Dick Mulder, who is a resident of Corfu in Greece.

In the interview with National Geographic, Mulder said that as his wife was fearful of a dead snake on the veranda, she screeched loudly when she saw the snake was not dead, but moving. When Mulder was trying to make her believe it was really dead, to his surprise, it was not the case.

At this moment, Mulder, as many people would do in the 21st century, went to find his camera for a quick shot. By the time he returned with his camera, he found that a small snake, identified as Dahl’s whip snake (Platyceps najadum) later, was sticking out its head and struggling the rest of its way to freedom, and finally slithered off to its safety. As Mulder went on, it was intended to avoid its savior, Demon the Cat.

Mulder’s story eventually aroused the interests of Andrew Gray of ManchesterMuseum, who is an expert in Corfu’s reptiles. In his blog, Gray described about the large four-lined snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata), because he was quite amazed by the fact that the smaller whip snake not only survived, but also succeeded in turning itself around in the way that it could let its head out first. Generally speaking, snakes like to eat their prey head on, because they get used to consuming prey such as rodents whose legs could get in the way.

Gray said that he did hear of one case before that showed a snake escaping after being eaten by another, but on that occasion, the hunters shot the eater and the eaten snake took the bullet hole to escape itself. In addition, there are many stories about other creatures escaping after being eaten by snakes.

Gray was not sure whether the four-lined snake just wasn’t choosy about which end to begin with on this case, or if the whip snake was tiny and smart enough to turn around inside its predator.

No matter how it went, Gray believed the smaller snake should be eaten in a short time, because it would be a fatal destiny if it had been in contact with the digestive fluids of the larger snake for a long time.

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