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Snake Eat Snake Fail

When I saw this my immediate reaction was surprise, then disgust and finally wonder. I resisted an urge to disturb the eater just in case it was merely too full to move or to show signs of life, but it sure looked dead to me. Leaving them alone I searched herpetology reference sources for the species.

The eater appears to be a Western Coachwhip. The first of these I've ever seen in the wild. The eaten was unidentifiable until I checked a few hours later after sunset when it became obvious the eater had merely overeaten. Its regurgitated victim was a Yellow Bellied Racer and it was definitely dead, also the first I had ever seen in the wild.

Glad to have seen them both at last.

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