Repost By vox_silentii: @Regranned from @inkandanimals - More proof of what I have been telling people for years. Eddie is not what he seems and never has been. This is all about the celebrity aspect for him. Does literally kicking an animal and outwardly saying I hate him show compassion? Breeding animals that dont need to be reproducing just to help keep your “petting zoo” alive? I think not. @blackjaguarwhitetiger do the right thing with out the cameras on you for once.follow==> @vox_silentii - #regrann (via #EasyRepost @AppKottage) RESPECT #wildlife#wildlifeaddicts#wildlifelover#wildlifeaddict#wildlifefirst#viral#pets
snap // I travel a lot, but you’ll never catch me seeing animals in captivity. I was so disheartened that Africa was filled with tours of animals in a “wildlife experience” - I was lucky enough to end up at a rhino conservation park - a huge place where animals are protected from poachers and I was able to see a beautiful elephant (at a distance) in its own habitat. It’s so important to see animals, but it’s also important that they aren’t trapped so you can do so! Seeing animals in the wild of this sheer size is terrifying and awe inspiring and worth the wait! @worldanimalprotectionaustralia has the wildlife selfie code and if you do one thing today it should be to sign it: http://ow.ly/1ZmO30fGh3d #Wildlife#NotEntertainers#ad
'A Divine Meal'
Whilst on a butterfly walk some real excitement exploded up ahead on the trail and we arrived to this absolutely amazing scene!!!😱 This beautiful and decently sized vine snake (Thelotornis capensis) had literally just caught this natal green snake (Philothamnis natalensis natalensis) and they had wrapped around one another in the duel. The vine snake was hanging relatively still, gripping onto its victim, and the natal green was writhing around with nowhere to go. It was unfortunately a very one sided duel, as the venom of the vine snake is incredibly toxic and the natal green sadly stood absolutely no chance.
We watched the vine snake actually 'chewing' on it because it's a back-fanged snake, so in order for it to get a decent venom injection into its prey, it needs to get the prey item into the mouth where the fangs can then do their lethal work. It is also hard to swallow a moving meal so immobilising it is a good idea!
After some time, the venom took full effect, and we actually saw when the poor green snake had lost its life. The limp body then eventually plopped out of the branches and was then hanging below, firmly in the mouth of the venomous beauty. It was then in an easier position for the vine snake to continue ingesting its meal. At one stage it got a leaf in the way of its mouth, and it was funny to see how the snake eventually swung away to continue eating the meat without the greens!! (Pretty much like me and salad when I'm devouring a steak). It slowly moved its mobile jaws side to side to swallow. The whole process lasted about 30 minutes. It eventually swallowed the entire snake, and then moved higher into the branches to rest after such a great meal!
I did feel bad for my beloved natal green snake, a beautiful and harmless species, but nature must go on!
This was a first for me with these 2 species and one I won't forget!!! You never know what you are going to see out there!!! #thelionheartexperience#wow#amazing#snakes#reptiles#predator#hunt#swallow#snakesofinstagram#herps#killer#venom#venomous#wildlife#photosafari#instagood#instadaily#instawild#safari#travelsouthafrica#tours#snake#vine