Reptile against reptile. A python and crocodile fought for hours in a lake at Queensland, Australia. Eyewitnesses were able to photograph the 10-foot snake swallowing the smaller crocodile.
Queensland, the second largest state in Australia, is home to some of the world's most dangerous snakes. At Lake Moondarra on Sunday, a 10-foot python was spotted coiling itself around a smaller crocodile.
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Witnesses believed the crocodile to be 3 feet long, or roughly a meter in length.
After five hours of fighting in the lake, the crocodle got tired and gave up. Witnesses saw the snake dragging the dead crocodile into the land, but were extremely shocked when the constrictor began swallowing the four-legged reptile.
Tiffany Corlis, a local resident, told ABC North West Queensland Radio that it took just 15 minutes for the snake to swallow the crocodile.
"It was just unbelievable. We were thinking that the snake had bitten off a little more than it could chew. But it did. It actually ate the crocodile," she said.
Pythons are known to kill their prey by tightening their body around the victim, suffocating them in the process. Interestingly, snakes can also sense their prey's hearbeat. According to the Royal Society, constrictors can adjust the pressure and duration of constriction according to the heartbeat of its victim.
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Pythons usually prey on rodents and small animals. But Professor Bryan Fry of the University of Queensland says that freshwater crocodiles are an easy prey as well. He expects the victorious python to not eat again for a month.