The tale of a snake and a frog who lived happily ever after

2015-09-07 18:18
(Picture: Netcare 911)

(Picture: Netcare 911)

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Durban - Did you hear the story about the snake and the frog who went halfway to becoming its breakfast? Well, they both live to tell the tale - that is the one of the hungry predator and a shaken pray who limped away with a scar that tells of its miraculous escape.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said he received a call from an Amanzimtoti pre-primary school early Monday morning after they had spotted a snake on their playground.

"When I walked up to the scene, it was well cordoned off and teachers were ensuring kids were kept away. What I saw though, was a red lipped herald snake struggling to keep down one of the biggest frogs I've ever seen."

Botha said he could see the extent to which the snake's mouth had been stretched. 

"It was incredible the snake was still trying to devour the massive frog. Luckily, the snake is not venomous."

Photographs taken at the school showed only half of the frog's body still sticking out.

This was not the first time Botha has had to capture a snake - although it is a far cry from his actual job of rescuing lives. "The kids were quite amazed at what was going on," he laughed.

He said the teachers handled the situation well by using the opportunity to educate the little ones while nature provided the live show.

It was while Botha was placing the snake into a container it spat out the frog, who actually survived.

"The snake was later released into the wild far from any schools. Surprisingly the frog also survived and jumped away being given a second chance in life," he said.

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