Biting back: Feisty lizard sinks teeth into snake eating it

PIC BY BRYAN SNYDER/ CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: The Lizard biting back at the snake) - These amazing snaps show the moment a plucky lizard sunk its teeth into the hungry snake that was EATING IT. The brave reptile refused to accept its fate as breakfast and clung onto the California kingsnake for dear life. Naturalist and author Bryan Snyder, from Santa Barbara, California, captured the quirky images while out on an early morning stroll in Santa Ynez Valley, CA. Bryan, 43, said: A California kingsnake surprised an alligator lizard by grabbing its body, but before it could reorient the lizard to swallow it head-first the lizard latched onto the snakes body. SEE CATERS COPY.

These amazing snaps show the moment a plucky lizard sunk its teeth into the hungry snake that was EATING IT.

The brave reptile refused to accept its fate as breakfast and clung onto the California king snake for dear life.

Naturalist and author Bryan Snyder, from Santa Barbara, California, captured the quirky images while out on an early morning stroll in Santa Ynez Valley, CA.

BRYAN SNYDER/ CATERS NEWS - The brave reptile gave a good fight to the kingsnake in Santa Ynez Valley, CA.

BRYAN SNYDER/ CATERS NEWS – The brave reptile gave a good fight to the king snake in Santa Ynez Valley, CA.

Bryan, 43, said: “A California king snake surprised an alligator lizard by grabbing its body, but before it could reorient the lizard to swallow it head-first the lizard latched onto the snake’s body.

“The snake decided to do the best it could and swallow the lizard tail-first anyway, but it eventually reached this stalemate situation as the lizard refused to give in.

“Although almost the entire lizard had been swallowed the wily critter was hanging on with its powerful jaws, refusing to accept the inevitable.

“It wore the snake’s head over its own as if it were a hooded sweatshirt, and cracked an eye open to gaze nonchalantly in my direction.

BRYAN SNYDER/ CATERS NEWS - The Lizard biting back at the snake in Santa Ynez Valley, CA.

BRYAN SNYDER/ CATERS NEWS – The Lizard biting back at the snake in Santa Ynez Valley, CA.

“Its attitude seemed to say, ‘no big deal, I can keep this up all day if I have to’.

“The king snake had certainly bitten off more than it could chew!”

And it looks as though the defiant lizard’s actions saved its skin as Bryan revealed the snake regurgitated the reptile’s head and neck by the time he left.

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