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Red-Bellied Black Snake by Abiogenisis Red-Bellied Black Snake by Abiogenisis
An illustration of a common eastern Australian species of snake (and one I have almost stepped on several times!) consuming a delicious Southern Bell Frog, showing the jaw tendon mechanism in action.

This is a commission for Australian Geographics 'Most Dangerous' Series.
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Vampyris Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool :)
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amadeus450 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
cool
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Artistic-Octopus Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow, this is really cool!  I saw a snake eating a frog like this last month, which was pretty gross and had a rather lot of blood.  I didn't realize how long it took for the frog to get swallowed, either.  Maybe the snake I saw was trying to swallow something too big?  Anyway, great illustration of the jaw expansion. :)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Thanks, they do OK for animals that have to eat with no arms :P
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ouch, bad day to be a frog I guess. :D Nice work Abiogenisis, that snake is so realistic I'm almost afraid I might step on it by visiting this page!!  Amazing how snakes can extend their jaws so far...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Cheers, and yes it is! That's what you need I guess when you aint got no arms ;)
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, and just think how much more time we'd have if we could just stretch our jaws real big and swallow our dinner in one big gulp. :D Time that would be lost immediately after in a lecture on not wolfing our food, and on the importance of displaying proper table manners... ;)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Or perhaps eating as slow as a human would be considered TERRIBLE manners :P
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that froggie looks too content to be eaten alive backwards by Mr Snake.
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appelsinpik1 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
My thought exactly.
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