Snakes and crocodiles rank as some of the scariest reptiles I never want to run into, especially not the giant ones that live in swampy parts of Australia. Although, I’d typically be more afraid of a crocodile than a snake, that is until I saw this jaw-dropping footage of a snake devouring a full size crocodile.
The battle between the reptilian beasts spanned an entire 5-hours, and as word spread of the incredibly carnivorous event taking place on Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, the local Aussies couldn’t believe it.
The two rival reptilians started at it down in the swampy edges of the lake. The snake was able to utilize its long and strong body to coil tightly around the crocodile, remaining like this for a long time. After a 5-hour struggle the snake finally came to the surface victorious, dragging his hard-earned prey alongside.
Onlookers watched him take a short rest before consuming the crocodile. Clearly he was very tired after his long-winded battle.
If you have ever watched the show Gator Boys on Animal Planet, you may have heard the guys on the show explain the trick to catching a croc is to tire them out. This is likely how the snake was able to gain the upper hand; he had a larger energy reserve to draw upon. Onlookers mention both reptiles were showing signs of exhaustion throughout the battle.
After such a long struggle, it only took the famished snake 15 minutes to consume the entire crocodile.
Tiffany Corlis, a local that saw the action ensue and took the above photograph, told ABC radio station about the occurrence, “The Crocodile was fighting at the start, so it was trying to keep its head out of water and survive. But as the morning sort of progressed, you could tell that both 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.”
Surprisingly, the action hasn’t scared Corlis away from the lake all together. She admits she will likley still swim in the lake, but she adds, “I think I’ll just send someone else in first.”
There are debates about the species of snake responsible for consuming an entire crocodile. Some have referred to the snake as an Australian scrub python, which can grow to reach 26-feet in length and has been caught eating a wide range of ginormous prey. There are 2 big issues with this theory. One, that particular breed of python doesn’t frequent the Mt Isa Region. And two, it has a different coloring than the monstrous snake in the video.
According to an Amateur herpetologist named Charlie Goodman, he believes the snake is an olive python. This type of snake is native to the area, and can grow 13-feet in length.
As for the poor crocodile, he is a Johnston’s crocodile, also known as an Australian freshwater crocodile. This type of croc lives in the northern regions of Australia and survives eating fish, bats, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Larger crocodiles are known to consume prey as big as a wallaby.
Sadly, the Freshwater crocodile population has been threatened in the last few years, and not because of hungry pythons. The main culprit is even more surprising, it’s the Cane Toad. These little toads are poisonous to the Freshwater crocodiles but exist all throughout their habitat.
After consuming the crocodile the python is clearly fatter. The crocodiles large body may stretch the snake’s width, but check out how long the snake is in comparison to the crocodile now warm in its belly.
Watch the snake devour the crocodile after the long-winded battle here: