Sunday, May 24, 2009

Too Funny for Words.....The hunter becomes the Hunted

Yesterday I was sitting near our goldfish pond in the backyard. We have numerous bullfrogs and a lot of snakes that like to enjoy the pond as much as we do. A fairly large crane fly landed on a leaf (Just left of the bullfrog), the bullfrog seen it in an instant and turned towards it, and absolutely froze to the spot. He stared very intently at that crane fly planning to make it his next meal. While I was waiting patiently with the camera to capture this in action I noticed a movement to the right of the frog and a large garter snake slithered out from under a rock and headed straight for the frog. I couldn't believe this was playing out in front of me. The tables had suddenly turned on the poor frog and it appeared as if he was to be dinner. I watched to see what would occur as the snake inched closer to the frog. The frog was so intent on the fly he was completely unaware of the tailgater at his backside. Once the snake got to within about 4 or 5 inches from the frog it seemed he decided his eyes were bigger than his mouth and the frog was too big because he retreated back under the rock from whence he came. It was at this time that the fly dared to twitch a wing, which was all it took set the frog in motion. That frog literally launched himself at the fly and gobbled him up in one bite, then peeked over the rocks with a very satisfied look on his face. Little did he know this whole thing could have turned out a lot different had he not been such fat little frog.

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