Monday, September 20, 2004

You eat what you are

We knew it was a dog eat dog world out there. But snake eat snake?

Here's a pic from a recent issue of the journal Science showing a king snake devouring a corn snake, a creature bigger than itself! You can watch this bizarre behavior (if you have the stomach for it) here. Click on Supplementary (video) material. The swallowing phase will take a few minutes to load, even with broadband.

I'm not sure what to make of this. It happens in the wild, but somehow watching it happen in a lab seems -- well, indecorous.