PHOTOS: Snakes battle over catfish

Cullen Hanks with Texas Nature Trackers shared these photos of a pair of water snakes fighting over a catfish in the Barton Creek Greenbelt. (Photos: Cullen Hanks/Texas Nature Trackers)

AUSTIN, Texas - A pair of snakes battled over a catfish in photos shared to Facebook by Texas Nature Trackers, part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

According to the Facebook post, the photos show a blotched water snake and a diamondback water snake playing tug-of-war with a catfish along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Amazingly, the poor catfish was still alive during the ordeal.

‘Texas Nature Trackers’ is a citizen science monitoring effort designed to involve volunteers of all ages and interest levels in gathering scientific data on species of concern in Texas through experiential learning.

In case you were wondering, the two snakes fought for over 20 minutes, and the larger blotched water snake ended up with the prize.

As creeks dry up, the isolated pools become theater for wildlife drama. They concentrate the fish and other aquatic life, attracting predators. In this one pool there were at least six water snakes, possibly more.

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