|Garter snake eats frog ~ photo by Carrie Kerr|
Every now and then I find toads and frogs hanging out beneath the cabbages or in the beans. They are usually far, far away from the snakes.
But the other day, my friend Carrie found both together in her garden. She says the meeting, while beneficial for the snake, didn't end so well for the frog.
On the other hand, it looks like the snake may have bitten off more than it can chew... the frog is more than a mouthful. How can a thin garter snake eat something so much larger than its head?
The trick is in the jaw. Unlike us, snakes have jaws with joints at the front. These joints - and the hinges at the back where they articulate with the skull - are connected with tendons and ligaments that stretch, allowing them to take enormous bites. For this snake, eating a frog would be like you trying to stuff an entire watermelon into your mouth.
You can find out more about Eastern Garter snakes here and here. And you can read more about snakes here.