Southern Vine Snake Kills Skink
It is not often that camp staff can outshine the rangers with regards to the wildlife and sightings. Every now and then, however, we are able to trump them with the what we see in and around camp.
Two days ago Jess Watt and Nadia de Kock were fortunate enough to see a kill; this was not the normal ‘kill’ that would come to mind, but rather an incredibly rare sighting of a Southern Vine snake catching a rainbow skink. Thankfully Jess Watt was able to grab her camera in time to get a few shots of the snake swallowing its prey. The entire incident lasted for about 25 minutes, I hope the pictures have you as mesmerized as Jess and Nadia were…
Luckily it was only the skink that the snake was interested in, as Vine Snakes have a potentially lethal haemotoxic venom for which there is no known antidote. The fact that the species is only rarely encountered and the venom is slow acting means that critical bites hardly ever occur.
Written by Kate Neill
Photographed by Jess Watt