Indigo Snake vs. Rattlesnake

The series of photos below were sent to me by one of the security staff at my office. He got them from a friend who got them from a friend, etc. So I do not know who the original photographer was but I thank them for sharing these amazing photos (and I apologize if I’m over-stepping your copyright). The photos depict a Texas indigo snake (Drymarchon melanurus erebennus) chowing down a western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). Though I hate to see any snake die, this is an excellent example of the snake food chain. Just because you’re a big bad rattlesnake doesn’t mean a bigger, badder, non-venomous indigo snake wouldn’t make lunch out of you. Indigos are notorious snake eaters (the eating of snakes by another snake is called ophiophagy). Indigos don’t constrictor their prey like ratsnakes instead they grab a hold of them and thrash the prey until it is killed; much like a terrier dog with a rat. They are also immune to rattlesnake venom. Enjoy!  🙂


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Sara Viernum

Author: Sara Viernum

Sara is a wildlife biologist and herpetologist with over 15 years experience. She started this blog in June 2011 as a way to share and promote information about herps. Gotta question or comment for Sara? Email her at sara[at]

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