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23rd August 2012

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Plate 52 of The Birds of America, by John Audubon, the Chuck Will’s Widow. These two are none too happy at the presence of a Coral Snake in their tree, and that is a depiction of a real and venomous coral snake (red on yellow, kill a fellow), not one of its non-toxic mimics. Like other nightjars the Chuck Will’s Widows have tiny little feet and great big mouths, the latter of which one is trying to intimidate the snake with- “Get out of my tree or I’ll gobble you up.” 

Plate 52 of The Birds of America, by John Audubon, the Chuck Will’s Widow. These two are none too happy at the presence of a Coral Snake in their tree, and that is a depiction of a real and venomous coral snake (red on yellow, kill a fellow), not one of its non-toxic mimics. Like other nightjars the Chuck Will’s Widows have tiny little feet and great big mouths, the latter of which one is trying to intimidate the snake with- “Get out of my tree or I’ll gobble you up.” 

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