Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Woodpecker vs. Snake

I'm constantly getting barraged by nature-related emails (which I appreciate!) from friends and others whom are aware of my interests. Recently someone sent me an extraordinary video supposedly taken in South America of a battle between a yellow-bellied puffing snake (Pseustes sulphureus) and a crimson-crested woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos). The snake, known for eating birds and their eggs, had apparently raided the nest of the woodpecker. The woodpecker is seen attacking the snake in the cavity, when finally the snake has enough and come charging from the hole. A very interesting video, though it ends before we find out how the melee ended.

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