Not something you see in South London every day: IGUANA vs PARROT SNAKE vs FROG!
This was a chance encounter while exploring the archaeological ruins in #Tulum #Mexico
. Parrot snakes (also known as green tree snakes) suffocate their prey and often swallow it whole... presumably the intention with this frog-shaped meal. However, a large, rather peckish, male iguana had other ideas! We didn't see the initial kill but the battle that ensued between the snake and the iguana was fascinating. The iguana was considerably larger (and the ultimate victor) but the snake a lot more aggressive after doing the initial meal prep.
Interestingly, once the iguana had devoured the frog in its entirety, it skulked off to find some shade to digest the opportunistic meal in peace while a couple of younger (or potentially female) iguanas kept the vexed snake at bay.
The Tulum archaeological site was the best place we visited for wildlife with ospreys, common black hawks, black vultures, magnificent frigate birds, brown boobies, terns and a whole host of smaller passerines in abundance. In fact, the wildlife was so good, not only was I left behind by my group... I also forgot to take a single photo of any of the bloody ruins 🤣🤣!