03 January 2009

Tree snake battles tree frog

Deadlock by David Maitland. This image was winner of the Animal Behaviour category in the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition The photographer came across this life-and-death tableau at at about midnight: a cat-eyed tree-snake, coiled around a branch, was locked in an embrace with a Morelet's treefrog - a critically endangered species.
Not only is the image dramatic and colorful - it also provides a real-life counterpart to the iconic cartoon image of a frog choking a stork (or the mouse giving a digital salute to a hawk).


  1. excellent post, the life or death struggle

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  3. I swear I saw this in Aberystwyth University not too long ago...

  4. This should become the poster for the climate change battle. Endangered world fighting the corporate snakes.


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