Monday, November 3, 2008
Snake Versus Frog
The amazing photo at top is one of the winners in the BBC's annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Photographer David Maitland sat for three hours watching a frog battle for its life against the snake that was trying to eat it. Unfortunately, we don't know how things ended because the frog and snake were still locked in this position when he bailed. Although my photo is an embarrassment relative to Maitland's, I captured a similar moment a few years back when I saw a Hispaniolan vine snake (Uromacer) trying to eat a tree frog (Osteopilus) in the Dominican Republic. In this battle the frog managed to escape, due in part to flipping his legs over the snakes head and shoving off from the palm leaf as the snake tried to pull it in the other direction.