In the realm of predatory behavior, snakes are often synonymous with their ability to ingest prey whole. However,
a rare and astonishing scene has emerged, turning the tables on this predator-prey relationship.
Photographer Julie-Anne O’Neill has taken credit for a captivating image that has circulated since November 2016, depicting an Australian green tree frog capturing and consuming a brown snake. The photograph, shot at night using a Canon EOS 550D, has garnered attention for its remarkable reversal of roles.
Despite O’Neill’s claim to have captured the image, its existence on the internet prior to her post raises questions regarding the authenticity of her ownership. O’Neill acknowledges, “Before this capture, I had been led to believe that they [green tree frogs] ate only insects.” The Australian Brown Snake, known for its potent venom, had bitten the frog, as evident in the enlarged photo. Miraculously, the frog managed to survive the ordeal, painting an unexpected twist in this unlikely encounter. Regrettably, the snake didn’t share the same fate.