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Snake eats crocodile: Video shots show 5-hour fight between 10-foot python, croc

A snake ate a crocodile and the five-hour epic battle between the enormous 10-foot water python and the meter-long crocodile was captured on camera. Tiffany Corlis, a local reporter from Australia, took a series of camera pictures and video shots documenting the snake’s assault on the crocodile, reported The Sydney Morning Herald on March 3, 2014.

Snake eats crocodile: Camera captures 5-hour fight between 10-foot python, croc
The Sydney Morning Herald

In a video interview, Tiffany Corlis tells the story of how she was at Lake Moondarra in Queensland, Australia, on Sunday having breakfast when canoeists alerted her to the battle going on between the 10-foot water python and the crocodile. In addition to pictures, video shots taken by Tiffany Corlis show the python slowly moving and devouring the crocodile -- head first.

According to the canoeists, the fight between the water python and the crocodile had begun in the water with the crocodile trying to keep its head out of the water to survive. By the time Tiffany Corlis was able to take camera and video shots, the snake had already coiled its body around the crocodile and was beginning to strangle it. Pythons kill their prey by tightening their coils around the animal as it breathes out.

"It was amazing. We saw the snake fighting with the crocodile - it would roll the crocodile around to get a better grip, and coil its body around the crocodile's legs to hold it tight. After the crocodile had died, the snake uncoiled itself, came around to the front, and started to eat the crocodile, face-first.”

Another witness watching the battle between the snake and the python said that “the two creatures fought for about five hours. By the end, they appeared exhausted.”

The snake ate the crocodile as shocked onlookers at Lake Moondarra watched. Tiffany Corlis estimates that it took the python about 15 minutes to devour the crocodile. The python was "definitely very full," when it finished, she said. "I don't know where it went after that - we all left, thinking we didn't want to stick around!"