Kingsnake Eating Venomous Copperhead Filmed In Backyard

Karen Vick Scarbrough / Facebook

According to LiveScience, Kingsnakes are medium-size snakes with no venom. Contrary to other snakes, they kill their prey by constricting other animals and squeezing them until they die.

Karen Vick Scarbrough, from the city of Camden, in Alabama, witnessed it for the first time in her yard where two snakes were fighting. As her dog was barking, she ran to the backyard to check what was happening. To her surprise, a copperhead snake and a kingsnake were fighting.

“We were shocked when we realized it was two snakes. The entire encounter lasted roughly an hour from the time we saw the two snakes until the kingsnake had completely eaten the copperhead.” Karen said, according to MSN.

Karen shared with her family and friends on Facebook several pictures and footage of the scene. More than 2.9k people shared her post, 323 liked it and she received 35 comments.

“I’ve heard of this and seen pictures but I’ve never seen it myself,”┬áKaren wrote in her post.

During the snake fight, the nonvenomous kingsnake was able to eat the copperhead. Copperheads are typically between two and three feet in length. They are found in the southern and eastern parts of the United States.

While the copperhead is known to be a large venomous snake, the kingsnake is immune to his bites and is known to be his predator to copperheads. Kingsnakes eat lizards, birds, eggs, and turtle eggs. They don’t need food every day, especially after a big meal. They are mainly active during the day and like to hide under things.

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division shared Karen’s Facebook footage writing: “This is what happens when you bring a copperhead to a kingsnake fight.”

No wonder why kingsnakes are called kingsnakes because other snakes, including the most venomous ones, are their main source of food every day!