CAUGHT ON CAMERA, these savage pictures show an eagle getting ready to tuck into its poisonous dinner.
With a snake dangling from its mouth, the short-toed snake eagle proceeded to tear apart the 4ft venomous cobra, attacking its prey headfirst.
The bird was caught with the cobra in its mouth[/caption]
Snake eagles tend to eat their prey headfirst[/caption]
The images of the predator eating the serpent were taken by Gowathaman Ganesan, 48, in Theneri Lake, India.
The entrepreneur recalled the moment he took the photos, saying: “It was a cloudy morning in the outskirts of Kanchipuram, India, when a female, short-toed Snake Eagle soared along the lake, in search of prey.
“After a prolonged search, the eagle started hovering above 300m for few seconds before locking-on to the prey.
“We approached the bird then the eagle started diving towards the prey; by the time we got to there, the eagle caught the head of the 4ft long Indian cobra.
“After cleaving the snake’s head, the eagle ripped the meal into a two-piece and started feasting on the bottom part – it was crazy to see.”
Short-toed snake eagles are birds of prey which often eat reptiles, including snakes and lizards – and they swallow their prey headfirst.
So it is unsurprising that this is what this mighty bird chose to devour.
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However, sometimes short-toed snake eagles can become entangled with larger snakes, if they try to bite off more than they can chew.
The eagles are not immune to venomous cobras – however, they are skilled enough to swallow them without being bitten, and then the poison is then digested in their gut.
Gowathaman Ganesan, 48, captured the moment in Theneri Lake, India[/caption]
Despite the venom, the brave bird ate the snake, swallowing its head[/caption]
The bird then feasted on the bottom half of its prey[/caption]
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