sad fact of nature

mamba

Mollis, Switzerland

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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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