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Red-Tailed Green Rat Snake ‘Gonyosoma oxycephalum’
This shot was taken in a very large terrarium in the Zurich zoo. They are not fed very often so they tend to have quite an appetite and this one devoured four chicks within about thirty minutes. At one stage, he held one baby chicken tightly in his tail while digesting another. PS…the chickens are dead before feeding.

Wikepedia…. Red-tailed Green Ratsnake Gonyosoma oxycephalum is a species of snake found in Southeast Asia. It is a thin snake with powerful and rough scales on its bottom, which makes it ideal to move and climb trees. It has smaller, smooth scales on its back. It has, as its name is a clear indicator of, a green body with a red tail, and it also has a dark line horizontally across its eye. The red-tailed green ratsnake lives and spends its life in the trees. It feeds mostly on small mammals. Its body can grow up to 2,3 meters and its average age is 15 years. It’s sexually mature at the age of 4 years, and its eggs have a hatching time from 13 to 16 weeks. The female lays on average between 3 and 8 eggs and the hatchlings are about 45 centimeters long.

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  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Wow, awesome capture! Great title too! Happy they were dead first!

  • Thank you muchly swaby. Thought I would wait until after Easter before uploading this one;-)

    – mamba

  • rosson1
    rosson1about 4 years ago

    What a cracking good shot…fantastic study:))

  • Many thanks Ralph, much appreciated.

    – mamba

  • DarrynFisher
    DarrynFisherabout 4 years ago

    Great capture, I enjoyed reading about the snake too!

  • Thanks very much indeed Darryn.

    – mamba

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...about 4 years ago

    Amazing capture!

  • Thanks very much Edyta for your kind comment.

    – mamba

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettabout 4 years ago

    Wow, what a catch. Great image. Brenda

  • Many thanks indeed Brenda.

    – mamba

  • Durham White
    Durham Whiteabout 4 years ago

    sad, but true & is a part of life, but what an amazing capture!! the clarity here is brilliant!! WoW!!

  • Many thanks DaRkSiLeNcE.

    – mamba

  • bygeorge
    bygeorgealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanking you kindly bygeorge for this feature. Sorry for the delay in responding, I’m falling a bit behind.

    – mamba

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    A sad fact of nature, but we all have to eat to live!
    Brilliant capture!

  • Many thanks Trish. Yes, it is a fact of nature and we are not much better when it comes to what we eat.

    – mamba

  • Akash Puthraya
    Akash Puthrayaover 3 years ago

    This is so amazing!!!

  • Thanks Akash. Snakes are very amazing.

    – mamba

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