The images here are incredible, recently reported around the world but first seen on the Brisbane Times website. I don’t know about you but this is pretty scary!!
A huge water python devoured a metre long fresh water crocodile in front of shocked on lookers at Lake Moondarra close to Mount Isa In Queensland Australia.
The incredible battle happened on Sunday when the crocodile and snake went head to head but unfortunately for the crocodile the snake won.
According to snake expert Bryan Fry of the University of Queensland, it is not that uncommon for snakes to eat crocodiles whole.
Local woman Tiffany Corlis was able to capture the incredible scene on camera with a series of photos that document the whole battle from start to finish.
Photo Source: Marvin Muller
Tiffany was having breakfast near the lake when canoeists who had spotted the battle start alerted her to it.
(Why they would be canoeing on water full of crocodiles and large pythons is anyone’s guess and why would a woman be rushing to take photos is also a mystery to me. These Aussies are a hardy type :-))
By the time Ms Corlis started watching the crocodile was being strangled by the python which had by now coiled its body around the weary croc.
‘‘[The crocodile] was fighting at the start, so it was trying to keep its head out of water and survive,’’ she told ABC North West Queensland Radio on Monday.
‘‘But as the morning sort of progressed, you could tell that both of them were getting a little weaker.
‘‘Finally, the croc sort of gave in and the snake had uncoiled for a little while and had a brief break and then actually started to consume the crocodile.’’
Bryan Fry, an Associate Professor from the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Science and snake expert, said water pythons generally target smaller animals and rodents but small fresh water crocodiles are easy prey.
‘‘Crocs are more dangerous to catch but easier to sneak up on,’’ he said.
‘‘Up in Kakadu, for example, they feed heavily on small rodents but that’s not to say they won’t take the crocs as well.”
‘‘The problem is they are risking being injured or killed, so they have to be judicious.’’
Fry said for a water python to successfully overpower and then devour a small crocodile, a lot more time was required than for smaller animals, which left the pythons vulnerable to attack.
Another witness Alyce Rosenthal said that when she arrived both animals were at the point of exhaustion and that the battle probably lasted for five hours. (If she arrived when it was nearly over how could she guess it had been going on for 5 hours? Just wondering :-)) ‘‘They were just pretty much laying there, waiting to die I would assume,’’ she told Fairfax Media who was reporting the story.
‘‘It’s not something that you see every day.
‘‘I’m almost tempted to go for a drive and see if he’s still laying there.
Snake expert Fry said the crocodile would feed the python for a month.
‘‘The longer it takes to swallow, the longer it is without a means of defending itself,’’ he said
‘‘Now it might go and find a hollow in the mud and tuck itself away for a while.’’
Tiffany Corlis was amazed at what she had seen.
‘‘It was just unbelievable,” she said.
‘‘We were sort of thinking that the snake had bitten off a little more than it could chew.”
‘‘But it did. It actually ate the crocodile.”
‘‘The aftermath showed the overstuffed snake lying still, where presumably it stayed for some time as it digested its dinner.”
‘‘When you actually looked at the snake, you could actually see the crocodile’s ridges, legs and everything inside its belly.’’
I don’t know about you but I for one wonder how safe it is to go and ‘hang out’ at this type of place. I certainly don’t want to be canoeing on the water or let alone swimming in it.
Snake expert Bryan Fray added ‘‘You can go to places up in Kakadu that are legendary spots for these type of snakes, there can be as many as 40 of them in one water hole,’’
This non snake expert says “ 40 huge water pythons in a water hole? You can forget it!”