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Snake eats crocodile, battle in Australia caught on camera: Croc devoured

A snake that was eating a croc was caught on camera Sunday, according to a Mar 3 CBS12 news report. Photos of the battle between a water python and crocodile in Australia's Lake Moondarra went viral and a feared predator-turned prey has been dethroned.

 A Burmese Python is pictured at Heathrow Airport's Animal Reception Centre
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"Snake eats crocodile headlines" sound more like a '60s science fiction low-budget movie title like "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" or "It Came from Beneath the Sea." But this was a real-life epic drama that played out in Queensland and thanks to a quick-thinking local; images of a python snake -- some 10-foot-long -- eating a crocodile are available online.

While Tiffany Corlis was sitting down to have her breakfast, the Aussie local was stirred by commotion from canoeists, who were shouting about an animal fight by the lake.

Corlis grabbed her camera and made her way to the shore just at the time an enormous snake was beginning to strangle and eat a struggling crocodile. The little fella was only 3-feet-long, but just to hear the names of the two reptiles in the same sentence in a fight is worth its weight in scales, ehem, gold.

[The crocodile] was fighting at the start, so it was trying to keep its head out of water and survive," said Corlis, who was told the battle had been raging on for three hours. And for the next two hours, she and a gathering crowd witnessed the life-death struggle play out.

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," the woman added.

After the snake finished eating the crocodile, it basked in the sun for a bit in an effort to digest its meal before moving on. But from the size of its belly, it would likely be parked for a while. Obviously, this presents a problem should the dead croc's buddies want to get a little payback by ambushing their bloated nemesis.

The Telegraph provided wrote this about snake expert, Associate Professor Bryan Fry, from the University of Queensland:

The snake would probably not need to eat again for another month but would probably 'tuck itself away' because it would not have a means of defending itself, he said.

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