Snake Ate Crocodile After an Epic Battle to the Death

(Photo: Marvin Muller)

In a battle of snake versus crocodile, who'd win*?

Witness Tiffany Corlis observed a 10-foot snake (probably a python) and a crocodile's fight to the death at Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia, and took these amazing snapshots of the battle.

(Photo: Tiffany Corlis)

Corlis 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."

(Photo: Tiffany Corlis)

The fight, according to snake expert Bryan Fry of University of Queensland's School of Biological Science, is actually not unusual. Water pythons, Fry said, usually target smaller animals and rodents and have been known to attack small fresh water crocodiles. "Crocs are more dangerous to catch but easier to sneak up on, "Fry mentioned to Brisbane Time, "The problem is they are risking being injured or killed, so they have to be judicious."

(Photo: Marvin Muller)

(Photo: Tiffany Corlis)

It took the snake hours to overcome the crocodile but it'll definitely take it much longer to digest the reptile. "It was just unbelievable, we were sort of thinking the snake had bitten off a little more than it could chew, pardon the pun, but it did actually eat the crocodile," Corliss said to ABC North West Queensland.

The event, Corliss added, won't discourage her from swimming at the lake in the future. "I think I'll just send someone else in first," she added wisely.

View more pics over at the BBC and Brisbane Times

The answer to the question I posed earlier is the Syfy cable channel, who's undoubtedly already working on a made for TV special based on this very premise.

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I've been trying to imagine that snake after a meal like that. Burp indeed.
Would this make the snake vulnerable to predators? Are there predators that would prey on that snake? I mean- how do you slither after downing a whole crocodile??? And how on earth does that crocodile not tear your insides to bits- the claws as they migrate down the digestive tract, for instance. Maybe I need to go take a course on snakes and crocodiles!
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