Friday, February 3, 2012

Ummm Umm - Snake is good eating

When I arrived home this afternoon, I went through my usual routine of a little rough play with the dog then walk out on the deck and look around the yard.

I noticed a Brown Thrasher giving something the once over.  Back inside to get the camera and back out.  I figured it would be gone but it was still there and giving something heck.  As I eased closer my first thought was it was an earthworm on steroids.  The thrasher would peck at it on the ground for a bit then pick it up and sling it from side to side. 

I was finally able to get close enough to see that indeed it was a young Red-Bellied Brown Snake.  The thrasher kept eyeing me like I was going to take it's prize and finally grabbed it up and flew off a bit.

I walked over to check out the area and indeed there was another young snake out also but today unlike it's sibling, had a lucky day for it as it was free to move on.

2 comments:

Robert Mortensen said...

Wow! Never thought of them eating small snakes before.

Paula said...

The bird was definitely having to work for this meal. The tough skin was proving a challenge. It would lay it over the stick close by and peck on it. Smart bird.