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Wildlife News: Snake Swallows Australian Crocodile Whole

 

Earlier this week a snake defeated a crocodile in an epic 5 hour struggle in Northern Queensland, wrestling it, constricting it and then finally devouring its prey.

The war between the 10-ft snake, believed to be a python, and the 3-ft fresh water crocodile took place in the remote town of Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa.

Wrapping itself around the crocodile, the two struggled in the water before the snake eventually brought the dead crocodile to land and swallowed it whole. At the end of the ordeal, the outline of the crocodile could be seen within the snake.

A snake battles to eat a crocodile at Lake Moondarra in Mt Isa. Photo by Marvin Muller.

A snake battles to eat a crocodile at Lake Moondarra in Mt Isa. Photo by Marvin Muller.

The whole incident was caught on camera by local resident Tiffany Corlis.

“It was amazing,” she told the BBC. “We saw the snake fighting with the crocodile – it would roll the crocodile around to get a better grip, and coil its body around the crocodile’s legs to hold it tight.”

“The fight began in the water – the crocodile was trying to hold its head out of the water at one time, and the snake was constricting it.”

“After the crocodile had died, the snake uncoiled itself, came around to the front, and started to eat the crocodile, face-first,” she added.

Pythons kill their prey by constriction. They tighten their coils around an animal as it breathes out.

This causes the creature to suffocate or suffer heart failure, which allows the python to swallow its prey whole. Flexible jaws enable most snakes to swallow prey multiple times their own body size.

A similar battle took place in 2005 where a python took on an alligator in the Florida Everglades. The python exploded after devouring the creature.  Local residents in Queensland weren’t sticking around to watch for  the same outcome.

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    33 Comments

  1. Quite incredible to think that a python can defeat a croc…he must have been idle for too long. Trust nature to put on a good show!

    • I kind of wish I could have seen it for myself – imagine it would have been incredibly fascinating!! I can’t believe it either honestly, would have thought for sure a snake wouldn’t have stood a chance!!

  2. Probably not the time for a larger snake to come by. That snake will be in one place, digesting, for a while.

    • Wouldn’t that be a sight – a snake devouring the snake who devoured a crocodile!!!

  3. It is totally insane, I have seen this video before, nature is spectacular. I knew those snakes can eat a much bigger animal, but actually seeing it…wow!

    • I was stuck between potential disgust at the scene and intense fascination – fascination won out!!

  4. An amazing tale and also a clear sign not to underestimate the power of nature’s creatures.

    I guess that croc was pretty hard to digest with all that scaley skin. Also I bet the snake couldn’t move too well for a few days after having the croc inside, if not exploding.

    • I would imagine he’s stuck there for a while – I read that he’s now good for food for the next month, but would be interesting to find out how long it takes to be able to move again!!

      I won’t be going near pythons in the future if I can help it lol if that’s what they can do to a crocodile I imagine I would be easy prey!!

  5. Yesterday I saw the news about an otter, yes, an otter, defeating an alligator! 😮

    We sure live in a very fascinating world, I cannot wait to hear about more epic match ups such as Killer Whales versus Hungry Hippos (hey, that’s a movie idea!) 😀

    • An otter defeating an Alligator is insane! Going to Google it now!! That’s a pretty awesome movie idea – I can actually see that as an awesome animated Disney film – you better patent the idea before it becomes a smash hit!!!

  6. Oh wow–that’s crazy! I remember hearing about the one here in Florida, but had never seen pictures of anything like it!

    • The one in Florida exploded after eating the Gator – absolutely nuts!!!

  7. Wow, I hadn’t heard about this yet, but that’s pretty incredible.
    That video.. haha… I just couldn’t look away even if I tried!

    • I know!! It’s kind of a stuck between disgust and intense fascination!!!

  8. Now that is the type of wildlife encounter I would love to witness! Amazing lol 😀

    • Nature can be truly incredible!! I would seriously have stayed there to watch the full 5 hour battle!!

  9. This is awesome, but I was even more impressed by the otter who attacked and ate an alligator. Nature is frickin’ amazing!

    • Someone else just mentioned that to me -Googling it now!! Good on the otter lol underdog much!!

  10. This is literally one of the most amazing things I’ve seen all year! I’ve always heard of the epic crocodile vs. python battle but hadn’t thought much of it till now. Thanks for sharing! Nature is spectacular. 🙂

    • Nature truly is spectacular – glad you could see it! How insane though!!!

  11. My husband will love this!

    • Not bad weekend entertainment lol 😀

  12. This is literally one of the most amazing things I’ve seen all year! Thanks for sharing! Nature is spectacular. 🙂 That’s is an pretty movie idea. I love to read it.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Sam … nature really is an incredible force. Nothing else in our world can even compare!

  13. Excellent post.. Thanks for sharing … How wonderful is the Nature..

    • Thanks Mohammad – glad we could feature some of nature’s most intense moments!!

  14. WOW!!WOW!!

    It is absolutely crazy, this is actually a standout amongst the most astounding things I’ve seen all year.

    I must say it is an amazing video 🙂

    Thanks a lot for sharing!!

    • Crazy isn’t it!! Same thing happened with a python and an alligator in the Florida Everglades a few years back, though that python wasn’t so lucky and exploded after his meal because it was too large to digest :S!!!

  15. I remember hearing about the one here in Florida, but had never seen pictures of anything like it!

    • The one in Florida was crazy – that python actually ended up exploding because of the strain of having taken it whole! :S!!

  16. Really This is literally one of the most amazing things I’ve seen all year! I’ve always heard of the epic crocodile vs. python battle but hadn’t thought much of it till now. thanks for sharing post with us.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Ethan – crazy isn’t it! Whole different level being able to put a visual to something like this as opposed to just hearing about it!

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