Man Films Snake Regurgitating Snake In A Case Of Ophiophagy

June 5, 2017

If you haven’t seen the video yet, it has gone viral. A man shot footage in Texas of what is a Coachwhip regurgitating what appears to be another coachwhip or whipsnake, according to David Steen, a wildlife biologist at Auburn University. 

Steen was asked by The Washington Post to break down what transpired during the video, shot by Christopher Reynolds near his mom’s house in Newton, Tex. May 28.

In the clip, Reynolds’ correctly points out the predator regurgitated the smaller snake as a defensive maneuver so it could better escape what it thought Reynolds was, a larger predator. 

“That other snake’s aliiiive!” Reynolds says as he records the video. “. . . That is that other snake’s super-ultra, lottery-lucky day. Wow. I can’t believe that little dude is still alive. Oh, look at him. He’s still licking his lips and swallowing, trying to figure out what’s going on. . . . He couldn’t breath. . . . That dude was just in stomach acids and all kinds of stuff.”

Steen explains to The Washington Post that the interaction caught on video is perfectly normal behavior for certain species of snakes, and it was not a fake video. 

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