Would you have closed in for a photo like these onlookers?
Visitors at Lake Moondarra in Queensland, Australia noticed a struggle in the swamp, and began snapping photos during what ended up being a nearly four-hour struggle between the two humongous reptiles.
Two onlookers, kayaker Martin Muller and Tiffany Corlis, got close enough to grab some images of the Australian freshwater crocodile and what was assumed to be an olive python. The pictures were shared on BBC News and ABC NW Queensland.
A video was later uploaded, which juxtaposes the photos with some video footage they were able to obtain of the Australian snake swallowing its croc prey.
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See How the Python Swallows the Crocodile Whole?
Of course, we know most snakes swallow their prey whole, without taking any bites or chewing. That's just the way snakes are built, but watching one devour such a large and scaly adversary, face-first, is astonishing.
Is it farfetched for Western Australia? Maybe not as much as other places in the world, but it's still unique.
It's an epic battle to be sure, one that the snake emerges out of as victor. If I were ever that close, I'd want a little snake protection on hand, if you know what I mean.