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Wild of the Week: Snake taking fish

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Add a second photo this month of a snake eating a fish.


Jim Spiros forwarded this from his friend Dr. Shawn Mallady, who observed it at a strip pit near Kickapoo State Park.

Spiros, son of the Southwest Side and founding partner of the law firm where my wife works as a receptionist, thought it might be a prairie king snake. I favor a northern watersnake.

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That's definately a N. Watersnake and a beaut at that! They must be finding dead fish for a snake that size could not hold onto a live fish as it would thrash around too much it to maintain a grip.

How unusual for you to get two pictures like this in a month?

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