19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Gardener Snake opens wide to bring a toad back to eat.

While walking down to the dock, I suddenly screamed. I was looking down to watch for ground bees but instead I saw the snake dragging the dead toad. When my family came over to look, I said, "I need to get my camera". Running to grab it off the boat, I was able to take lots of pictures while the snake continues to pull this toad into the tall grasses. At one point, he hit an obstacle and needed to go another route.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Hackensack, Minnesota, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T7
Copyright: © Jennifer Chapman