Dog-faced Water Snake swallowing a fish

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“Attached are pictures of a Dog-faced Water Snake (Cerberus rynchops) swallowing a fish.

“I documented this on 10th January 2015 at 6.40pm at Sungei Tampines, Hut 5, Pasir Ris Park. The snake was about 30 cm or less.

“Above picture shows the snake hauling the fish by the tail to the muddy river bank. It was quite a struggle for the snake and it had to rest before feeding on the prey.

“The picture above shows the snake repositioned itself so that its mouth could engulf the fish head-first before proceeding to swallow the prey. It took about 10 minutes to swallow the whole fish.

“The prey is completely swallowed as shown by the swollen body of the snake (above). The snake swam back to the river immediately after the meal.”

Thong Chow Ngian
27th January 2015

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