What? You thought I was kidding? I’m not. Here’s a cute image so people don’t stroke out from seeing a snake in their inbox. If you don’t love snakes, don’t click past the picture of the dog wearing glasses. Consider yourself warned!
Dottie the Therapy Dog is so ready to write her book. It’s a tail-wagging saga of a chicken biscuit.
I got to feed a Green Tree Python yesterday (Morelia viridis, also affectionately known as a Chondro). They’re just so elegant, I took a few pictures. My Twitter friends convinced me to share them.
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He strikes, and then gently lowers his prey.
Head first is the easiest way down. I took the first few pictures with the door to the exhibit closed. Chondros deliver a nasty bite. I wanted to make sure he was more focused on the rat than on me!
He changes his grip to center the head.
He’s got the head!
He tightens a coil and uses his own body to push the rat further down.
The head s gone.
There go the front legs.
He tightens still further and pushes the rat against himself to get the body down.
That’s not his tongue. That’s the rat’s tail.
He angles his head to make a straighter line for the rat to disappear down.
Check out that stretchy skin!
I should remind you that this event takes place with the snake hanging from a tree. And now there’s a nice lump. It travels down to the snake’s stomach.