According to BBC news on Monday, the 10-foot snake coiled itself around the crocodile and the two thrashed about in the water for hours. The snake eventually strangled the croc, brought its dead prey onto land and slowly ate it.
Tiffany Corlis was canoeing when she witnessed the battle. Corlis was able to document the struggle as the python slowly got the best of the crocodile, then proceeded to consume it in a 5-hour long process.
“The crocodile was fighting at the start, so it was trying to keep its head out of water and survive,” Corlis said. “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.”
Snake expert Associate Professor Bryan Fry, from the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Science, said water pythons usually will not target large crocs, preferring to stick to more easily digestible fare, such as smaller animals and rodents.
“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,” Fry said. “The problem is they are risking being injured or killed, so they have to be judicious.”
Another witness to the attack, Alyce Rosenthal, said that before there was a final victor, the battle clearly left the both the croc and the snake exhausted.
“They were just pretty much laying there, waiting to die I would assume,” she said “It’s not something that you see every day. I’m almost tempted to go for a drive and see if he’s still laying there.”
Professor Fry said the huge feast for the snake will keep the reptile satisfied for about a month.