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Snake eating crocodile: Horrific battle between reptiles captured in photos

Photos -- and a video -- of a snake eating a crocodile became the next big thing on the Internet this week after a few people witnessing a fight to the death between the two reptiles in Queensland, Australia, decided it was worth documenting. But if you immediately thought that the crocodile had the weight advantage, not to mention an advantage in those powerful jaws, you might have been disappointed in the outcome of the struggle. Neither advantage came into play.

After a five-hour duel in the shallows of the Lake Moondarra, reported the International Business Times (via Yahoo News) March 3, the fresh water crocodile succumbed to the constricting embrace of the 10-foot water python. And even though onlookers were initially surprised by the snake having quickly wrapped up the crocodile and refusing to let go, they were even more surprised when the python dragged the crocodile out of the water and commenced to swallowing it.

The biggest shock came when the giant snake actually did it, engulfing the entire three-foot beast.

Tiffany Corlis, who got close enough to the reptilian struggle to get photos, told ABC North West Queensland Radio: "(The crocodile) was fighting at the start, it was trying to keep its head out of water and survive. But as the morning progressed you could tell both of them were getting a little weaker and the struggle was going on, finally the croc sort of gave in."

Corlis then noted: "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."

Corlis said you could actually see the crocodile's legs and scales outlined in the distended python's skin.

"It was truly amazing, our kids were very excited to see this event unfold in front of them and not on the Nature channel," Corlis said, according to The Telegraph.

When asked if she would again swim in Lake Moondarra, she said she would. Still: “I think I'll just send someone else in first."