Daily Mail It was one of the most astonishing battles in the animal world – when a snake decided it was going to swallow a whole crocodile for lunch. If it seems an impossible notion, these photos show the astonishing result as the snake slithered slowly away with the crocodile filling its body. Local woman Tiffany Corlis saw the snake, a python, heading towards the freshwater crocodile on the edge of Lake Moondarra, some 12 miles north east of Mount Isa, in outback Queensland, reported the ABC. With lightning speed it suddenly wrapped itself around the crocodile and put it in a death squeeze. No matter how much the crocodile struggled, it had no hope of freeing itself from the snake’s powerful body. It wasn’t long before life was squeezed out of the croc. Wisely deciding not to intervene, Ms Corlis quietly took photographs of the rare event as the snake turned to the object of the attack and began slowly consuming the reptile. That seemingly impossible task took a little more time but eventually the entire crocodile disappeared through the python’s mouth. Then, twice its normal size, the snake slowly made its way into the nearby swamp bushes to digest its hearty meal.
When you think alligators and crocodiles, you think apex predators, but we are learning that this is not always the case. Snakes can eat alligators and crocodiles, and crocodiles can eat snakes, it really depends on who is bigger and capable of killing and eating the other animal. A few months ago in the Florida Everglades, we saw this same battle go the other way, as an alligator killed and ate an invasive python. we have even seen stalemates, like in this picture, where a python tried to kill and swallow an alligator and both animals ended up dead. Wild stuff coming from Mother Nature: