16 September 2009
Snake with two feet
Yesterday I posted a story about a "one-footed snake." In response, Kingdom Studies provided links to four photos, two of which are embedded above, of a snake caught in Davie County, North Carolina, last year.
I presume the mechanism is the same as I postulated yesterday. As best I can tell, the underside of the feet face toward the head of the snake, consistent with the way snakes swallow their prey head-first. It's interesting that in this case and the one with one foot protruding there is an adjacent swelling - presumably a partial herniation of some of the intestine.
Photo credit Jeff Parrish.