This photo of a snake peeping out of frogs’ mouth will give you the creeps
The image is gaining popularity on the internet for the “bizarre natural interaction”, apart from the photographer’s incredible timings.environment Updated: Oct 18, 2017 14:03 IST
Timing is everything and this photograph of a snake trying to make its last effort to escape the gooey stomach of a frog is a proof.
The National Geographic reported on Tuesday that the photo of the snake peeping out of the gaping mouth of the frog was shared on Reddit on Sunday by ‘EstusFiend’ with a caption “One Last Scream Into The Abysssss”.
The image, which was taken somewhere in Australia and “actually several years old”, is gaining popularity on the internet for the “bizarre natural interaction”, apart from the photographer’s incredible timings.
Conservation biologist Jodi Rowley identified the species as an Australian green tree frog on Twitter, the Nat Geo reported. The carnivorous frog can be found in Australia and New Guinea, Rowley added.
The frog normally eats insects but sometimes seeks out more ambitious prey too as seen in the image.
“It really has more to do with prey being smaller than the mouth size and moving across the frog’s field of view,” said Karen Lips, a conservation biologist at the University of Maryland, told the Nat Geo.
Lips said that most amphibians, reptiles, and fish swallow their food whole, “so it’s not unusual to see bulging bellies and wriggling prey after it’s caught in a predator’s mouth”.
First Published: Oct 18, 2017 13:16 IST