Backyard drama: Snake vs. Toad

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.

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5 Responses to “Backyard drama: Snake vs. Toad”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I saw that happen once in my garden ages and ages ago. I love my toads and I wasn’t very pleased with the snake for eating one.

  2. Jennifer Fisk Says:

    At least you didn’t try to save your toad like some people might do. Snake needs to eat too.

  3. Julie Says:

    Oh my word, and I just finished dinner. That was quite a sight, big snake…. poor toad. I must admit I was spellbound when I witnessed Gladys eating a live mouse. First I could not believe what I was seeing, a couple of gulps, the tail was hanging out of her beak and then the mouse was gone! Nope… don’t want to see that again. Hugs, Julie. Stay safe!

  4. S Says:

    Wow! I’m glad I’m not the only person who documents such things! :) I sent my family a photo of a parasite covered tomato worm, and it didn’t go over well! It was really cool though, ha ha.

    Have your chickens every caught a toad? Mine have–it’s not pretty and of course if you try to intervene they run madly through the yard. Usually they drop them eventually as they are too hard to eat!

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