Monday, August 22, 2011
It's a snake-eat-snake world!
There was a Black King Snake (Lampropeltis getula nigra) swallowing a Smooth Earth Snake (Virginia valeriae). King snakes eat lots of things, but they are famous for eating both venomous and non-venomous snakes. Since they do eat Copperheads and their kin, they're valuable snakes to have around and I was glad to see this one. I would rather he had a Copperhead in his mouth, however. Today's lunch was an uncommon species that feeds on worms, insect larvae, and such. I wouldn't have minded keeping him around, as well, but who is to argue with nature?