Red-bellied black snakes are non-venomous snakes that are found in Australia. They are moderate-sized snakes, with the average adult growing to be between 3-5 feet in length. They have a distinctive red belly that contrasts with their shiny black upper body.
Eastern brown snakes are venomous snakes. They are one of the largest venomous snake species in Australia, with adult males growing up to 6.5 feet in length and females up to 7.5 feet.
Juvenile eastern brown snakes are known to be preyed upon by the smaller red-bellied black snakes. The red-bellied black snakes have a defense mechanism that allows it to consume the venomous snake without any negative effects.
The red-bellied snake completely swallows up the brown snake and then begins to eat it whole.
This video caught that in action but so much more as this snake catcher went in to move the snake.
The red-bellied snake is seen on the grass with something coming out of its mouth. The snake catcher notices a brown snake poking its head out.
The snake the is nearly swallowed is still flickering its tongue practically inside the red-bellied snakes’ mouth.
“Two snakes from a job in Ormeau this afternoon, one is much better off than the other.
The larger individual is a Red Bellied Black Snake and the smaller fellow sticking his head out of the Red Bellies mouth is a juvenile Eastern Brown Snake which was likely gobbled up just prior to me arriving.
The Eastern Brown Snake was still alive and flickering it’s tongue at the time. The things you see on the job…”
Nature is a crazy place, these animals fight to survive all the time.