Green tree frog devours venomous red-bellied snake

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  • Jenny Basford’s daughter captured the rare moment at her home near Woodford
  • The green frog trapped the snake with its webbed hands before taking a bite
  • Leaving nothing to waste the frog managed to eat the entire reptile
  • Red-bellied black snakes are usually known to feast on frogs

By

Shayan Shankar For Daily Mail Australia


Published:
18:40 EST, 7 March 2017

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Updated:
00:51 EST, 8 March 2017

It’s a common sight to see snakes devour their prey with ease, but as one slippery reptile soon found out, it’s not as easy being the hunted.

In a surprise turn of events, a Queensland family found a green tree frog feasting on a red-bellied black snake at their home near Woodford.

The daughter of Jenny Basford first encountered the unconventional dinner on Monday evening, taking the opportunity to capture the rare moment.

Hunter becomes the hunted: The green tree frog managed to capture the red-bellies black snake before feasting on it at a home in Woodford, Queensland
Hunter becomes the hunted: The green tree frog managed to capture the red-bellies black snake before feasting on it at a home in Woodford, Queensland

Hunter becomes the hunted: The green tree frog managed to capture the red-bellies black snake before feasting on it at a home in Woodford, Queensland

‘(She) went outside…and her long-time resident green frog was devouring the Red-bellied black snake,’ Ms Basford told 9news.com.au.

‘Ate the whole lot and sat with a belly full.’

Though less venomous than other snakes that roam the Sunshine State, the Red Belly is known for its staple diet of frogs. 

The hungry frog gripped the helpless snake with its webbed hands, taking a large bite out of it
The hungry frog gripped the helpless snake with its webbed hands, taking a large bite out of it

The hungry frog gripped the helpless snake with its webbed hands, taking a large bite out of it

Tables have turned: Though less venomous than other snakes the Red-bellied black snake is known to prey on frogs
Tables have turned: Though less venomous than other snakes the Red-bellied black snake is known to prey on frogs

Tables have turned: Though less venomous than other snakes the Red-bellied black snake is known to prey on frogs

While the frog lived at the home, Ms Badford said that she’d ‘never seen’ it eat a snake before. 

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Using a potted plant as the table setting, the hungry frog gripped the snake with its webbed hands.

Then, as if it were a piece of corn, the frog took a bite out of the helpless snake before consuming the rest of it.

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