A snake has won a lengthy battle with a crocodile in northern Queensland, wrestling it, constricting it and then finally eating it. The incident at Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, was captured on camera by local residents on Sunday.
The 10-ft snake, thought to be a python, coiled itself around the crocodile and the two struggled in the water. The snake later brought the dead crocodile onto land and ate it.
Pythons kill their prey by tightening their coils around the animal as it breathes out. This can cause the animal to suffocate or suffer heart failure, allowing the python to swallow its prey whole. Many snakes have flexible jaws that enable them to swallow prey many times their own body size.