Queensnakes are resistant to venoms that would kill a human.

A man in Georgia, USA, recently came across a snake eating another larger snake while walking to retrieve his mail. Tom Slagle, 80, spotted the king snake devouring a poisonous rattlesnake.

The Georgia resident managed to capture footage from the event. The video shows the lower half of the rattlesnake protruding from the king snake’s mouth. The clip was released by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with the caption “Kingsnake vs. Timber Rattlesnake: It’s a world of snake-eating snakes.”

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The video shows the king snake moving its jaws around the rattlesnake’s body, swallowing it whole. The consumed rattlesnake appears heavier in circumference than the king snake. In the caption, Georgia DNR said, “If the eaten snake is longer than the king snake, it will bend before it is swallowed.”

Since being shared, the post has gone viral. The clip left netizens in awe. It garnered over 278,000 views and thousands of likes and comments.

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While one user wrote, “Looks like the rattlesnake had just finished its meal when the king got it,” another said, “And that’s exactly why you’re not killing the right snakes! Thanks for sharing. It’s amazing.” “It’s unbelievable that they can swallow something so huge,” added the third.

Talk to Newsweek, a DNR spokesperson advised that a king snake’s diet normally consists of rabbits, rodents, amphibians, turtle eggs, lizards and other snakes. He said queen snakes are renowned for their ability to defeat and eat poisonous snakes, such as the timber rattlesnake – as seen in the video above.

Additionally, the spokesperson went on to say that the king snakes are non-venomous and kill their prey with constriction. According Newsweek, the spokesperson explained that king snakes are able to capture venomous species by striking and grabbing the prey by the head. The snake coils around its prey and tightens, before swallowing it whole and head first.

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Queensnakes are resistant to venoms that would kill a human. They can reach a maximum length of around 6 feet. On the other hand, rattlesnakes can reach a maximum length of 7 feet long.

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