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Dumpy Frog Tries to Eat Carpet Python in Australia

June 16, 2015



It is usually snakes that eat frogs, but in Australia, the frogs are more aggro than ever. Australian Mark Drescher captured this video of an Australian green treefrog (Litoria caerulea), also known as a White’s or dumpy treefrog, trying to eat a juvenile carpet python (Morelia spilota) in his home. Drescher, who lives in the Darwin suburb of Malak, estimates that the snake was around 50 centimeters in length and upon further looking at the size of the frog and the size of the snake, decided to intervene. Drescher picked up the tail of the snake with the frog still clamped onto the snake’s head, refusing to let go of the snake. Drescher was finally able to free the snake from the jaws of the determined frog and let it go into his garden. 


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"The snake once free was rearing and hissing and though not happy didn't look to have suffered any ill effects," Drescher told ABC News Online. 

This dumpy treefrog bit off more than it could chew

Mark Drescher

A dumpy treefrog tries to eat a carpet python.

So what do you think? Could this frog have finished off and easily digested the snake? Would you have intervened on the snake’s behalf? Or would you let nature take its course?


John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 

 

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