A terrifying moment when a huge black snake throws up another live snake in front of a shocked couple.
Christopher Reynolds and his wife Nina were horrified after seeing the snake’s dinner was still turning as it was squeezed from the reptile’s jaws.
The pair were breathless in amazement as the drama unfolds before them, with Mr Reynolds heard saying ‘I can’t believe that little dude’s still alive’.
‘My wife and I were leaving my mother’s when I caught a glimpse of this snake while I drove past it,’ Mr Reynolds wrote in the video’s description on YouTube.
‘I stopped and backed up to take some photographs. Nina mentioned I should take some video. I am happy I did.’
The video was captured on a roadside in Newton, Texas, the snake is seen with only a worm-like tip projecting from its mouth.
However, it came into light that the snake’s meal was definitely larger than first appeared.
The couple can be heard on the video expressing their astonishment. ‘This is crazy,’ Mr Reynolds says at one point.
‘That other snake’s alive,’ Mr Reynolds says.
Once it has churned up its sizeable meal, the black snake quickly escapes into nearby shrubbery.
Snakes can regurgitate their food for a number of reasons. The technique is often deployed when a snake has overeaten or feels threatened midway through a meal.
Mr Reynolds addresses this response in the video, saying: ‘It’s regurgitating so it can escape. It felt threatened.’
Snake regurgitation is not the same as vomiting, as digestion has not yet begun, which is why the other snake in the video is left unharmed.
Snakes are famed for their ability to digest enormous prey, the reptiles can go for months at a time without eating between meals.