In the midst of scurrying about preparing for Hurricane Irene this afternoon, Dan and I were startled by a large garter snake crossing the back lawn. A few minutes later, I saw a toad hopping oddly near the maple tree and went t look. I called for Dan, and we arrived just as a large garter snake got the toad by one of its back legs.
It was very cool to see, and a vivid reminder that nature is cruel. That poor toad was alive for at least 90% of the ordeal, and maybe all, and it took at about 70+ minutes. The first photo I took was at 2:35, the last at 3:38. Photos are in the album below, don’t look if you are squeamish. I also shot a lot of video and will try and upload some of that later.