A Bite to Eat

Jaime Culebras's Image

Jaime was looking for frogs when he suddenly spotted a cat-eyed snake, a species with a particular liking for amphibians. Upon grasping its victim in its jaws, the snake released low-level toxic venom to subdue it. The brutal reality of the situation is captured in the eyes of the trapped hourglass tree frog.

Hourglass tree frogs move freely between land and water and can lay their eggs in both environments. Despite this ability they are ideal prey for cat-eyed snakes that can swim and slither to reach the upper branches of vegetation. This leaves few safe options for the tree frogs.


Behind the lens

Jaime Culebras

Jaime Culebras

Spain

Jaime has a bachelor's in biology, an MSc in environmental education and an MSc in biodiversity and conservation of tropical areas. He has been living in Ecuador for over nine years, where he works as a reptile and amphibian researcher and nature photographer. He has won numerous photography and conservation awards.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 6D
  • 100mm f2.8 lens
  • 1/100 sec at f16  •   ISO 200  •   Yongnuo flash + trigger  •   softbox
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