Snake and frog battle it out on 17th hole

Snake and frog battle it out on 17th hole

Snake and frog battle it out on 17th hole

Snake and frog battle it out on 17th hole

Scene 4: The defeated snake beat a hasty retreat (8759742)

Scene 3: Onlookers thought that the snake may have tried a second time (8759747)

Scene 2: The snake's eyes were bigger than its stomach (8759754)

Scene 1: The snake was discovered half way through swallowing the frog (8759756)

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A REMARKABLE battle between a snake and a frog was caught in a series of pictures by a golfer at Thornbury Golf Centre.

The scene, something scarcely seen outside of a nature documentary took place in the middle of the green on Tuesday, July 22.

Thornbury Golf Club Seniors captain Lindsey Henniker-Heaton, from Winterbourne, was playing in a match when fellow member Philip McMenamin rushed up to him from a neighbouring green to let him know about unfolding events.

The sequence of photos were taken by Mr Henniker-Heaton, 68, who captured the moment a grass snake was in the middle of the 17th green with its jaws around a half swallowed frog.

He said: “I was playing a pairs match against Bristol Golf Club on the 10th hole and Philip was playing on the 17th when he came running over because he knew I had a camera.

“The frog looked dormant and Philip thought it may be dead but then I saw its throat move.”

However the snake’s eyes were bigger than its stomach as the frog managed to escape the grasp of the snake.

Mr Henniker-Heaton added: “I think because we were around either the frog started to struggle and managed to escape or the snake was a bit worried by our presence.”

The defeated snake then slithered off into the long grass whilst the frog was moved well away from the snake.

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