A group of Australians were having breakfast near a lake in Mount Isa over the weekend when they witnessed an unexpected event: an epic battle between a snake and crocodile.

Tiffany Corlis told ABC North West Queensland Radio the fight was already in progress her canoeing group stopped on the shore of Lake Moondarra Sunday.

‘‘[The crocodile] was fighting at the start, so it was trying to keep its head out of water and survive,” Corlis said of the event, calling it “unbelievable.”

Witnesses said it took hours for the snake to take the crocodile down. (Image source: Fairfax Media)

Witnesses said it took hours for the snake to take the crocodile down. (Image source: Fairfax Media)

But as hours went by both animals tired.

‘‘… you could tell that both of them were getting a little weaker,” Corlis continued. ‘‘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.”

Image source: Fairfax Media

Image source: Fairfax Media

Image source: Fairfax Media

Image source: Fairfax Media

“We were sort of thinking the snake had bitten off more than it could chew,” Corlis said.

Alyce Rosenthal, who also witnessed the battle, said the struggle took about five hours.

‘‘They were just pretty much laying there, waiting to die, I would assume,’’ Rosenthal told Fairfax Media.

Image source: Fairfax Media

Image source: Fairfax Media

Listen to Rosenthal describe the unusual battle and see images taken by witnesses in this report from Fairfax Media:


According to the Brisbane Times, biologist Bryan Fry said while it’s not unheard of for a water python to take on a crocodile, it might not be its best choice of prey.

‘‘The problem is they are risking being injured or killed, so they have to be judicious,” the University of Queensland professor said, adding that the snake could be vulnerable with such a large amount of food in its stomach.

“You could see the crocodile in the snake’s belly, which I think was probably the more remarkable thing,” Corlis told the radio station. ”You could actually see its legs and see its scales and everything, it was just amazing.”

Image source: Fairfax Media

Image source: Fairfax Media

Check out more photos of the stunning event on ABC North West Queensland Radio’s website.

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