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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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  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!
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    • 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!!
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  2. 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!
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  3. 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.
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    • 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!!
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    • 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!!!
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  4. Oh wow–that’s crazy! I remember hearing about the one here in Florida, but had never seen pictures of anything like it!
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  5. 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. :-)

  6. My husband will love this!

  7. 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!

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

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