What happens when this garter snake. . .
. . . meets this preying mantis?
Thanks to my son for capturing this encounter with our camera. Okay. The praying mantis is up on the brick wall of the house. Here comes the snake slithering through the mulch bed right up next to the house. . .
Now this might be a bit difficult to see because the picture is blurry. . .
but. . . yes, the mantis does attack the snake! I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen this proof.
By the way, no mantises or snakes were harmed in the making of this blog post. This wasn't staged. It simply happened when my boys were trying to rescue the snake from our cats on the front porch. They didn't hurt the snake; they simply herded it to a safer location.