Two Watersnakes Eating Same Catfish

By | June 30, 2020

I was walking on the edge of the Arkansas River near Barling, Arkansas when I saw this Watersnake with a Catfish.

The Watersnake was swimming to the bank with the Catfish in its mouth. It was on the bank when it saw me and it went back into the river out of view. I knew it would have to surface to bring the catfish to the bank to eat. I didn’t have to wait long.

When the Watersnake resurfaced a second snake was eating the Catfish from the other end. Both snakes brought the fish to the bank, and both began swallowing the fish. They met it the middle and when both snakes touched each other the second snake released the fish. The original snake was then able to swallow the Catfish.

Watersnake Eating Catfish
Watersnake Eating Catfish
Two Watersnakes Eating Catfish
Two Watersnakes Eating Catfish

How I Got The Shot – Two Watersnakes Eating Same Catfish

I was sitting on rocks hand-holding my camera and lens.


• Location: Arkansas River (Arkansas)
• Date Taken: June 17, 2009
• Aperture: f4
• Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec.
• ISO: 400
• Exposure Bias: 0 EV
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 500 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS
• Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III