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Eagle faces off with a cobra before catching it, tearing it in half and swallowing it in India

Sssssupper time! Incredible pictures show an eagle face off with a venomous cobra before catching it, tearing it in half and swallowing it in India

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A photographer has captured incredible pictures of an eagle catching a snake before tearing the 4ft venomous cobra apart.

Gowathaman Ganesan, 48, watched as the raptor ate the serpent at Thenneri Lake in Kanchipuram district, India, in August.

The entrepreneur said it was cloudy on the outskirts of the district when the female, short-toed Snake Eagle soared past in search of prey.

After a prolonged flight it started hovering at 300m for few seconds before it locked on to the prey, the cameraman said.

Mr Ganesan added: ‘We approached the bird then the eagle started diving towards the prey; by the time we got to there, the eagle caught the head of the 4ft long Indian cobra.’

‘After cleaving the snake’s head, the eagle ripped the meal into two piece and started feasting on the bottom part – it was crazy to see.’

It tears apart the 4ft venomous cobra in India

Incredible pictures show an eagle that has caught a snake tear apart the 4ft venomous cobra in India (left and right)

The predator (pictured chasing it down) ate the serpent at Theneri Lake, Kanchipuram district, in August and was pictured by 48-year-old Gowathaman Ganesan

The predator (pictured chasing it down) ate the serpent at Theneri Lake, Kanchipuram district, in August and was pictured by 48-year-old Gowathaman Ganesan

The entrepreneur said it was cloudy on the outskirts of town when the female, short-toed Snake Eagle (left) soared past in search of prey (right)

The entrepreneur said it was cloudy on the outskirts of town when the female, short-toed Snake Eagle (left) soared past in search of prey (right)

After a prolonged search, he said the female eagle (pictured) started hovering at 300m for few seconds before it locked on to the prey. In this picture it has captured the snake and stands over it

After a prolonged search, he said the female eagle (pictured) started hovering at 300m for few seconds before it locked on to the prey. In this picture it has captured the snake and stands over it

The sharp and powerful beak of the eagle splits the cobra's scales and begins to tear it apart (pictured) as it enjoys its meal

The sharp and powerful beak of the eagle splits the cobra’s scales and begins to tear it apart (pictured) as it enjoys its meal

The snake, having been ripped into two pieces, is dead and the eagle happily starts to swallow it. Mr Ganesan said: 'We approached the bird then the eagle started diving towards the prey; by the time we got to there, the eagle caught the head of the 4ft long Indian cobra'

The snake, having been ripped into two pieces, is dead and the eagle happily starts to swallow it. Mr Ganesan said: ‘We approached the bird then the eagle started diving towards the prey; by the time we got to there, the eagle caught the head of the 4ft long Indian cobra’

Instead of chopping its meal up further, the eagle swallows the serpent whole and makes for a funny picture as it struggles to finish its lengthy victim

Instead of chopping its meal up further, the eagle swallows the serpent whole and makes for a funny picture as it struggles to finish its lengthy victim

Mr Ganesan said: 'After cleaving the snake's head, the eagle ripped the meal into two piece and started feasting on the bottom part - it was crazy to see'

Mr Ganesan said: ‘After cleaving the snake’s head, the eagle ripped the meal into two piece and started feasting on the bottom part – it was crazy to see’

The last part of the snake's body disappears down the eagle's throat, with only the very tip of its tail sticking out the bird's mouth (pictured)

The last part of the snake’s body disappears down the eagle’s throat, with only the very tip of its tail sticking out the bird’s mouth (pictured) 

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