Frog rides a snake to escape flood.

Sure, they’ve had their differences in the past, but when times are tough even frogs and snakes can share in a little cold-blooded solidarity. Amid the devastating floods in Queensland, Australia, computer technician Armin Gerlach spotted an unusual sight — a frog riding atop the surface of the water on the back of a snake as the pair sought out solid ground. It’s hard not to be inspired by the cooperative duo, particularly considering that snakes are quite fond of eating frogs, and vice versa.


Armin snapped a photo of the peculiar pairing while inspecting the damage caused by floodwaters in the town of Dalby. With scenes of devastation all around, the sight the frog and snake offered some much needed levity. “I felt amazement, I just couldn’t believe it,” Armin told Australia’s Ninemsn.

The report continues:

Mr Gelach said a friend who had been affected by many floods told him animals often helped each other out during disasters.”It’s quite common when you have animals in floods or fires or disasters, they actually get together and don’t do anything,” he said.

“[My friend] has seen foxes and rabbits forget their hunting instincts during natural disasters,” he said.

Mr Gelach said he and his friends were inspecting flood damage on the property, where waters had risen to about 47cm.

Much like the frog and snake, residents from communities hardest hit by the recent floods in Australia will undoubtedly band together for the massive cleanup that awaits them, and we wish them well. As for the dynamic cold-blooded duo, I suspect that the truce won’t last.

Swimming, after all, sure is a great way to work up an appetite.

Via Treehugger