Toad stands tall in front of snake to avoid being lunch by Jelger Herder (4 images)

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A brave toad inflates his body and stands high on his back legs as he tries to scare off a predatory grass snake. The toad has evolved to pose like this so he looks too big for the snake to eat in the hope the reptile will simply lose interest.

After a 30 second stand-off, the 3ft 3ins long female adult grass snake gave up and slithered away in defeat. Photographer Jelger Herder, from Wijchen, the Netherlands, captured the unusual encounter on camera in a forest in eastern Poland.
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