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I’ve never seen a wild snake eat carion before……..
This black snake decided to pick up a ‘to-go’ meal on the road. A nest of baby birds somehow had gotten hit on the road and this clever fellow decided not to let them go to waste. He’d already injested 2 if the lumps in his body were any proof. I’d just never heard of/seen a rat snake eat roadkill. Learn something new everyday.
I also liked how the flies were still buzzying around it even as he was swallowing.


dinner, eating, flies, reptiles, snakes


  • babybird1937
    babybird1937about 6 years ago

    What a great shot…………This is too close for me…….!

  • lol…the moment i see them crossing the road? i speed my car up as close as i can get…jump out in a run…and LOOK! :o) …this time? he had a suprise for me! he wasn’t too happy either…started ‘rattling’ his tail at me…lol

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

    SNAPPYDAVEabout 6 years ago

    what a great capture ,,, now run as fast as you can … dont forget the bloody camear ;-)

  • nope…i already had it on me? since i had it in my lap as i was driving pell mell up to it in the first place…hehe

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • GlennAlderson
    GlennAldersonabout 6 years ago

    Love how crisp & clear this shot is. Even the detail of the fly on his mouth is clear. Well done! great capture.

  • the FLIES were a surprise….i was very happy with this image (thanx L my gaurdian angel!)…so glad i got to see this guy and have a camera on me at the same time

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaabout 6 years ago

    OO" did he eat the flies too? hehe.. man.. awesome details.. how close were you?
    mr snake don’t mind you watching him eat? hehe..

  • actually? he spit it out at me as i got up to leave :o( ….then took off. i felt pretty guilty…another reason? we should leave nature alone at times……….this may have been his only meal he’s had in awhile

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • ajax
    ajaxabout 6 years ago

    Great shot nice and clear. How’s that fly likes livin on the edge or what !!!

  • lol…there’s actually TWO flies on there…(one on top left side of bird)…that? would definately have deterred me from eating roadkill for sure…lol

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Derek1972
    Derek1972about 6 years ago

    Great head shot!!

  • possibly? my favorite ‘eating’ shot i’ve ever taken…lol thanx Derek

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaabout 6 years ago

    aww… maybe he’s offering to share? n_n"
    but then again.. yea, maybe like us, don’t like to be stared at while eating.. hehe..

  • William  Thomas
    William Thomasabout 6 years ago

    How do you get these shots?! Good stuff.

  • lol…i haunt the back country roads……..speed up as fast as i can when i see a snake…..scare the crap outta anything/one else…….jump out running and get the photo. lol

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Deidre Cripwell
    Deidre Cripwellabout 6 years ago

    can only say wow (and very brave)

  • well…he can’t BITE if his mouth is full right? lol

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAabout 6 years ago

    He sure can after he spits up to free a fang or two…
    well…he can’t BITE if his mouth is full right? lol

  • lol…this variety doesn’t have fangs…lol

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

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