Snake shows off Oscar-worthy acting skills with its cunning display of how to deter predators

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    A snake shows off its incredible acting skills with its cunning display of how to deter predators – by acting like it’s dying.

    In an Oscar-worthy performance, the Eastern Hognose writhes around as if it’s in pain, whilst also emitting a disgusting smell.

    It even hangs its fork tongue out of its mouth to ensure the dramatic scene is fully believable as it tried to stop a feral cat from making it his dinner.

    Texan local Kenneth Gisi happened to stumble across the distinctive snake and perhaps even saved its life.

    He explained: “I was just coming home from the store and, while I was walking down my driveway, I noticed a feral cat in the tall grass staring down at the ground intensely.

    The Eastern Hognose snake lays upside down

    The Eastern Hognose snake upside down with tongue
    In an Oscar-worthy performance, the snake writhes around as if it’s in pain, whilst also emitting a disgusting smell

    “I had a feeling that this cat had found a snake so I went to investigate. Sure enough, it was this Hognose.

    “I was extremely happy that I got to save it from the cat and got to experience this beautiful creature.”

    Kenneth has been photographing his local wildlife in Scurry, Texas since 2009 and he’s not at a loss when it comes to variety.

    The head of an Eastern Hognose snake
    The snake darts about to deter the feral cat

    The Eastern Hognose snake upside down with tongue out
    The Eastern Hognose snake put on the impressive display in a bid to save its own life

    The 24-year-old said: “You might see an animal attacking and eating another animal, an animal doing something funny, disgusting or something heartwarming.

    “It’s going out into the unknown and…

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