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.
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.