Video of a snake eating a croc in Australia is both brutal and shocking, but it’s actually not the craziest thing a python has downed for a meal.
The video that emerged Monday from Lake Moondarra in Queensland, Australia, showed a giant snake killing and eating a croc.
Tiffany Corlis, who was having lunch at the lake, was alerted to the epic battle of nature and pulled out her camera in time to capture it on video.
“[The crocodile] was fighting at the start, so it was trying to keep its head out of water and survive,” she told ABC North West Queensland Radio on Monday. “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.”
Corlis said it was “unbelievable” seeing the snake eating the croc, but it’s not that shocking to anyone who has seen a python in action. Biologists say that these large pythons can typically capture and kill prey of enormous sizes, and a YouTube search for “snake eating croc” shows that other people have managed to capture this battle on video before.
In fact, a crocodile may not even be the strangest thing eaten by a giant snake. National Geographic once featured the eating prowess of the Rock Python, which at 20 feet long is one of the largest snakes in the world. The show World’s Deadliest captured a video of the python killing and eating a large antelope at an African water hole, taking several hours to kill and then engulf the animal.
Seeing a snake eating a croc is still a pretty rare site, even if it is common to the snake’s diet. Digestion takes so long for a giant python that after capturing such large prey, it may not eat again for a year.