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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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Darkarcangel5 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student General Artist
really cool! small note though...snakes eat their prey starting from the head, not the feet.
Ive never seen this snake though.

Where i live theres mostly brown snakes, garden snakes and fox snakes
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Constrictors certainly go feet first, but frog eaters tend to be more creative :P www.joemilmoe.com/data/photos/…
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Darkarcangel5 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Hmm. Well i guess thats true. I remember now that a snake oufside my house was eating a frog butt first. Thanks for reminding me! I u
had a video of it but idk where it went.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Seems like snakes eat hairy prey head first to make sure the fur doesn't bunch up.
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Darkarcangel5 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Student General Artist
lol yeah i was starting to think that to
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IroquoisPlissken Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
:| (Blank Stare) 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Hey, you should see a human eating a turkey :P
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IroquoisPlissken Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
La la la la 
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munkas02 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i had one of those in my backyard once, on australia day.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Nice. I keep nearly stepping on them.
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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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electreel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Wow! Excellent work! 
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Shawujing Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
This is clearly a drawing of a frog coming out of a snake's mouth.
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JI-Borrero Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
It reminds me a bit of Mayan artwork of the Vision Serpent (upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… ) , with a god or ancestor emerging from the mouth of a serpent.
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Mokele Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
I'd actually you suggest that your commissioner contact Dr. Cundall at Lehigh - I know a grad student of his has been working on this system, and IIRC, there isn't actually any tendon (though technically a bone-bone connection would be a ligament), just pleated skin with high elastin content.  Unfortunately, the papers aren't out yet, but have been accepted last I heard.  Maybe Pseudechis is different, but IIRC, there's no substantial ligamentous connection between the jaw tips of any known snake, just skin and elastin in the connective tissue.  Dr. Cundall or his student, Dr. Close, would know for sure, though.

I had a dig in the volumes of Biology of The Reptilia that I have, but I don't have the one detailing soft-tissue anatomy of the head, sorry.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Interesting. I did find it quite hard to find good data on this, and even some of it conflicted.
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Mokele Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
No worries, I figured I should pass on the info.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thanks, I will incorporate it into any future snake works :)
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LicianDragon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought snakes swallowed their prey head first. Wonder why they eat frogs the other way round?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
They eat prey that way usually to go with the grain of the fur of scales. However a frog is slippery however you eat it.
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LicianDragon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guess that makes sense. :) Thanks!
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Kwayne64 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Frog wearing snakeskin! Awesome!
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Teaaddict007 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That frog is chillin' like a villain.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
He don't care!
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Teaaddict007 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nope. Not even a single care. Like a boss.
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Ankaa-Phoenicis Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Frog's just like "Well, shit."
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poppadopadum Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
That's exactly what he's thinking lol.
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KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Frogs aren't well know for their facial expressions - they must prefer to keep their rich inner lives to themselves.

Good thing you didn't *actually* step on one. As the series name implies (for the furriners reading) Red-bellied Black Snakes are *quite* poisonous.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Eh, they usually don't inject much venom. And tiger snake antivenom is very effective :)
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nnq2603 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Very neat and polished result :la:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Danke :D
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Erathea Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Low the render of the jaw- never fails to amaze me that they can do that!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Very cool, and surprisingly delicate!
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Erathea Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, it's amazing that there's such strength to eat all the things they do! Have you seen an echidna skull? Similar deal, the lower jaw is almost fused together. Incredible!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Nature rarely overspends on strength :P
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Erathea Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Very true, nature is the perfect engineer. Don't need it? You don't get it. You do need it? Here's a pair of gills. Aaaand I have a set of serrated teeth you might just be interested in, half price! (You'll just have to wait a few millennia to evolve them.)
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angellis3 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Nice...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Thanks :)
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JaynaPavlin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very cool Alex; looks like it was a lot of fun (to work on, not for the frog)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
It was! But scales... The horror.
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snarfevs Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A gorgeously illustrated pair of friends.
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