The heartbreaking moment a grass snake swallowed a helpless frog whole was caught on camera by a Warwickshire gardener.
Gillian Taylor wasn’t expecting to stumble across the shocking scene in her back garden in Brinklow, Warwickshire, as she had never seen a snake by her pond before.
But the grandmother, who was quick to hit the mark, managed to grab her camera and snap some amazing pictures of the frog’s head and arms sticking out as it was swallowed by the garden snake.
The grass snake plucked the helpless frog from Gillian Taylor’s garden pond and devoured it whole
She said: “Yesterday I went to my usual check in the area and I cannot describe how amazed I was when I saw a grass snake holding one of the frogs in its mouth.
“The queue was huge.
“I ran back to the house to get my camera and managed to capture what I saw in my own back garden.
Ms Taylor, who stood about a meter away and used a 55-200mm lens to take the pictures, said she couldn’t believe what she was seeing
Grass snakes primarily prey on amphibians, particularly the common toad and common frog, although they may occasionally eat ants and larvae as well
Grass snakes, the UK’s longest snakes, can grow up to 1.5 meters long but are non-venomous and pose no danger to humans
“All I said out loud was ‘Oh my God.’
“The snake and frog just seemed to stare at me as I clicked away, capturing every moment as the frog slowly disappeared into the snake’s mouth.”
She added, “After eating the frog, he slithered back into the wild, very tall weeds and flowers that will probably never be seen again until he returns to the pond.”
The grandmother said she was “stunned” to witness the scene as she had never seen a snake in her back garden before
Grass snakes are the most commonly seen British snake and are found throughout Britain, although they are particularly fond of wetlands.
They are also the longest snake in Britain, growing up to 1.5 meters in length.
Frog-eating is common for grass snakes, as their diet consists primarily of frogs, toads, and newts.
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