That's just the way it works...

@JolietJake (51114)
United States
May 24, 2016 2:42pm CST
So I was perambulating along the railroad tracks earlier to see what I could see. And I saw a raccoon. Well, half of a raccoon. The front half. The trains here haul grain. One of the cars spilled some. Mr Raccoon thought that'd be good to eat. In the middle of the tracks. And another train got him. And then something ate the back half of him. Bleh. Meanwhile, here's a photo of a snake to take your mind off of the dead raccoon. At least the snake is whole and alive...or at least it was when I left.
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@much2say (40060)
• United States
24 May 16
Hey, I only see half a snake here! I thought maybe you were going to say you saw this snake gnawing at the raccoon! May the raccoon rest in peace, or pieces !
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
The snake was a bit hungry (one of them anyway, there were two)
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@much2say (40060)
• United States
24 May 16
@JolietJake Wow, that looks like he's swallowing that fish whole! He had sushi!
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
@much2say He gave up after a few minutes, just too big for him
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@JohnRoberts (61221)
• Los Angeles, California
24 May 16
That bad boy is keeling cool.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
I sat and spent about an hour photographing a pair of snakes today
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@sulynsi (2837)
• Canada
24 May 16
@JolietJake I saw a snake in the grass - when I was mowing today. It was a garter snake - what kind is this? It looks big...poisonous?
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
@sulynsi Just a banded water snake, harmless
25 May 16
Gosh!! Too many snakes out here! They give me the jitters! Weren't you scared of the snake while taking pictures? And fifty odd pictures on that!!
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
25 May 16
Naw, there's nothing to be afraid of. They aren't interested in me, I'm too big for food and I wasn't threatening them in any way.
25 May 16
@JolietJake All logic fails me when I see a snake :p
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
25 May 16
@Curlybobby I admit to actually being a bit excited as I was coming down the hill to the area and realized there were two of them prowling it.
@TheHorse (71177)
• Pleasant Hill, California
24 May 16
What kind of snake is it? It looks like a constrictor of some sort. We saw a gopher snake on the trail yesterday. I wonder why the vulture or coyote (or whatever) chose to eat the back half of the raccoon but not the front.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
Just a common banded water snake, they're extremely common around here
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@sulynsi (2837)
• Canada
24 May 16
*JJ is not available for comment* that is one mighty big snake
@TheHorse (71177)
• Pleasant Hill, California
24 May 16
@JolietJake Non-venomous, the eyes suggest. Do they let you pick them up? Here in CA, our garter snakes do (though they emit a stinky substance in protest), but the gopher snakes are more likely to get irritated and bite you. I'm not sure about the king snakes.
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• United States
24 May 16
Thanks for taking my mind off the blood and guts
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
I guess you don't want to see that photo either
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• United States
24 May 16
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
@TiarasOceanView You asked for it...
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
24 May 16
You show me yours, I have to show you mine... is that how it still works? Mine's captive, though... lives at the local sanctuary. They had him out last week for one of the school groups when I dropped by to try catching a glimpse of the leopards.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
Mine could have been captive but I figured Scar would get jealous. This is where I was hanging out when I took the photos.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
25 May 16
@JolietJake ooh, looks like a really nifty spot!
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
25 May 16
@yukimori It was a favorite hangout when I was a young kid, but there's so much trash there these days, and the area has really filled in with stuff washed down the creek when it floods...but I still had a very relaxing hour just sitting around and watching stuff
@Juliaacv (32484)
• Canada
24 May 16
Did you actually see this awful looking snake swimming in that water? I hate snakes so much, they are my biggest fear, right now, after looking at the picture, my feet are up on the couch because snakes have that effect on me.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
That is one of 53 photos I took this afternoon
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@Juliaacv (32484)
• Canada
24 May 16
@JolietJake OMG JJ, weren't you the least bit freaked out by that ugly creature? My skin is crawling right now. Has the Scar ever encountered any snakes, usually dogs, I don't know about cats, but dogs don't know what to do with them and usually steer clear of them.
@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
@Juliaacv I used to go hunt snakes all the time, I have no fear of them. I'm not sure what Scar would do, probably attack it like a piece of string.
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@DWDavis (13010)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
24 May 16
Thanks for the images that will haunt my sleep tonight, snakes eating half-raccoons that drive grain trains.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
Actually the raccoon probably fell prey to one of the demonic squirrels
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@DWDavis (13010)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
25 May 16
@JolietJake Oh thanks. That's just the added ingredient to make sure my dreams turn into nightmares - demonic squirrels.
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@pgntwo (21987)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
24 May 16
The Davy Crockett hat has a lot to answer for...
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
Look! Fish sticks!
@pgntwo (21987)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
25 May 16
@JolietJake That reminds me:
Miller 'Fox Hat' Cinema Ad
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
24 May 16
Something tells me that Scar might leave that snake alone.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
We'll likely never know, but with his 'tude, he'd probably mess with it
@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
I'm just sitting here waiting for someone to ask for a picture of the raccoon
@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 May 16
Snakes creep me out. But thanks for that!
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
25 May 16
Snakes seem to freak lots of people out, but I've always been fascinated by them.
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@JudyEv (130589)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 May 16
And the snake will be okay as he won't be tempted to eat grain - but he might be tempted by half a raccoon.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
25 May 16
I think if I saw one big enough to eat the raccoon, I'd photograph it from a much longer distance just to be careful
@Ceerios (4755)
• Goodfellow, Texas
24 May 16
@JolietJake - "JJ" - That was probably the only raccoon in the world that did not wash its hands before eating. Bad habits will do it to a guy every time. He could have been at the faucet instead of in the middle of the train track.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 May 16
If he'd have been smart, he'd have been eating the leftover squirrel corn out front like a couple others do
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
25 May 16
he has the eyes of a non biting sort at least,
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