Eastern Ribbon Snake consuming a Green Treefrog
A Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) transforming into an Easter Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus).
It was fascinating observing this event on a warm January day (Jan 4th. 2020. Temps +70’F)— especially considering just two years previous on the same day the Charleston area was covered in snow. I was first alerted to this transformation due to the calls emitted from the frog when it was captured. Ribbon Snakes typically consume their prey alive and the treefrog continued to try and break free until it was mostly swallowed by the snake. Nature is always in flux, and organisms are constantly metamorphosing into other organisms.