In Queensland, Australia, a video was filmed of a poisonous snake killing and eating a smaller snake. This video surprised some viewers who did not know that snakes occasionally eat other snakes.
The video posted on Facebook this week shows a red-bellied black snake biting and suppressing an ordinary tree snake in Image Flat, Nambour.
Red-bellied black snakes usually grow between 1 and 2 meters long and usually feed on frogs, small mammals and reptiles. They are almost uniformly black and shiny on the upper side, with red flanks and a pale pink belly.
Although they tend to avoid humans, they are known to attack when provoked.
It is believed that no human has died from the bite of a red-bellied black snake, but their venom can cause painful injuries, including swelling, diarrhea, vomiting, persistent bleeding and localized necrosis.
The video was shot by a woman who witnessed the incident and was posted online by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, a company that provides snake disposal services in Queensland.
“Most Australian venom species will take the opportunity to eat other snakes when the opportunity arises,” the company said.
The video also features Richie Gilbert, one of the company’s snake catchers, who uses the person behind the camera to track and capture the snake spotted between a pony riding school and a stream.
By then, however, it had swallowed its prey completely.
“We were called to a pony club at the far end of Nambour on the Sunshine Coast, where a red-bellied black snake of good size ate a common tree snake,” the company wrote on Facebook.
“When Richie arrived, she had finished her lunch and was hiding to digest when she suddenly ran through the water to escape!
After he caught the snake, Gilbert moved it. When he tried to release the snake, it attacked the bag in which it was carried. Finally, it lets go, pauses and races away.
“He was not fast enough to escape two groups of alert eyes and was safely relocated,” added Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7.
“Trying to demonstrate the nature of a poisonous snake proved to us once again that they just want to get away and flee.
Another video posted this week by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 shows a much smaller red-bellied black snake that had managed to enter a house and hid in the basket armrest of a chair.