Sunday, April 13, 2008

Camera-Critter Sunday


Summer is coming and so are the snakes. Mama cat and her daughter showed guarded interest in this venomous baby. Back on the ground again the snake got up into strike position, tongue flicking, threatening the young cat. To my disbelief, the snake leaped away, "flying" through the air. It managed to escape down the hill.

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21 comments:

Misty Dawn said...

WOW! I must admit that I would have been a very worried 'mommy' afraid my babies were going to get hurt. But, I'm a worrier by nature hehe Your cats are beautiful, and I'm glad they didn't get bit by the snake! One day, during the winter, my three dogs found a cold and tired groudhog... they were carrying it around the yard, and I was in a panic that they were going to get bit hehe.

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K. alias Bear-Mom said...

wow, it is really very special and also dangerous...
mine are up here: http://animals-in-nature.blogspot.com/

i beati said...

are these your cats??Mine kill many snakes weekly

Gretchen said...

What type of snake is it? We have rattlesnakes and copperheads around here that are venomous.

Lilli & Nevada said...

When i first saw the first photo i had to enlarge it to see if i was seeing right, and sure enough i was. How amazing that you got that shot and not freaked out trying to get the cat to drop it.
I would of come unglued. sure glad it came out ok specially since the snake is poisonous.

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a great capture.. so natural

Tom

Skittles said...

They look so intent! I hope the snake wasn't poisonous.

DeeMom said...

WOW totally awesome capture.
Cats are such amazing animals...

they never cease to astound me

Tammy said...

I want that cat! I'm scared of snakes and it can protect me. LOL Very cool pic!

Me & my puppies said...

Wow! cool photo ~ it is great to see photos from around the world.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Greatshots. Venomous - hope kitties are okay.

andrée said...

oh my gosh! What a photo of the snake in her mouth. and flew away? fantastic photography and story, thank you. I'm so grateful there are no poisonous snakes here because my cats kill many snakes all summer.

oldmanlincoln said...

Oh my. I guess the snake could possibly kill one of the cats? It is a nice photograph.

Dan said...

Nice pic. I really, really hate snakes! I tell everyone it is a sign of vast intellectual capacity and unparalleled wisdom. Then they get to know me and find out I just don't like snakes.

Musings said...

Good grief! I thought you told me Israel was safe? Tsk...

Dick said...

Oh, isn't it dangerous? Nice picture.

babooshka said...

Snakes! Snakes and cats! A very unusual combintaion for a photograph. Well done.

bundle-o-contradictions said...

Wow! What an adventure!

Andrea said...

Oh my, they are really interested in the little baby snake. I am trying to teach my 4 year old grandson to be careful of snakes.
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Dina said...

Misty dawn--A groundhog! Wow, dogs and cats find so many critters to play with/catch/eat.
Bear-Mom--I enjoy your Animals in Nature.
I beati--No, I have no animals. But this kitten was partly raised by me at a tender age, so we are close. Your hunter cats should come and give these two some lessons. :)
Andrea--In Australia the bush walkers taught me to hike with a staff and thump the ground with it at each step, so the snakes would feel the vibrations and go elsewhere. Snakes don't like to be surprised. So I guess we have to teach our little grandkids to be earth-shaking outside. hehe

And to all the new and old friends--I think this is a young "Palestinian viper" or in Hebrew, nachash tsefa, one of several kinds of venomous snakes in Israel. Cats are one of snakes' biggest enemies.
I suppose it is dangerous for the cats but they seem to instinctively know how to be careful.

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Great photos, Dina!

Thanks for your visiting and nice words about my place! I am glad I found your blog!

Have a nice week ahead!