Predator Vs. Prey

By | May 1, 2016
From Xplor: May/June 2016

The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight this issue: American Bullfrog VS Northern Watersnake.

Heavyweight Hoppers

Bullfrogs can grow up to 8 inches long from nose to vent (that’s what we call a frog’s bottom), and they can weigh up to a pound and a half.

Quick and Nimble

The sleek, slinky watersnake can twist and turn to escape capture.

Eating Machines

Bullfrogs eat anything they can get in their big mouths - spiders, fish, birds, rodents, snakes, and other frogs.

Prey Packers

Bullfrogs lead with their big, sticky tongues and open mouths, but they’ll use their four-fingered hands to cram in prey, if necessary.

Long and Strong

Northern watersnakes are 7 to 10 inches long when they hatch, and they can grow 24 to 42 inches long. This young watersnake is probably less than 20 inches long. Does it stand a chance against the heavyweight bullfrog?

and the winner is…

Today, the big bullfrog eats the juvenile northern watersnake - but only because the snake is still young.

Tomorrow, a full-grown watersnake could grab the frog and swallow him whole. Croak!

And More...

This Issue's Staff

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White