Snake Eating Croc Actually Not Rare OccurrenceBy: Lacy Langley - March 4, 2014
If people who don’t care for all things huge, creepy and dangerous needed yet another reason to steer clear of Australia, this would be it.
Several bystanders at Lake Moondarra witnessed an enormous water python devouring a small crocodile in a shocking display of food chain action.
Mother Tiffany Corlis was having breakfast near the lake on Sunday when some nearby canoeists directed her attention to the epic reptilian battle going on not far from where she was, according to the Brisbane Times.
She said of the events that slowly unfolded, ‘‘[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 of them 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.’’
‘‘It was just unbelievable.” she continued,”We were sort of thinking that the snake had bitten off a little more than it could chew. But it did. It actually ate the crocodile. The aftermath showed the overstuffed snake lying still, where presumably it stayed for some time as it digested its dinner. When you actually looked at the snake, you could actually see the crocodile’s ridges, legs and everything inside its belly.’’
Strangely enough, this sort of event is not uncommon. Snake expert and Associate Professor at the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Science Brian Fry, said of the occurence, ‘‘Crocs are more dangerous to catch but easier to sneak up on,’’ he said. ‘‘Up in Kakadu, for example, they feed heavily on small rodents but that’s not to say they won’t take the crocs as well. The problem is they are risking being injured or killed, so they have to be judicious.’’
The crazy part of this whole ordeal is that swimming in this particular lake has always been considered a safer choice. I’m sure residents will rethink this evaluation. I know I would if I realized that this huge snake called the mud and waters of Lake Moondarra his home.
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