Pythons and crocodiles – both are deadly carnivores who terrify not only people, but the enumerable members of the animal kingdom who are unfortunate enough to serve as their lunch. Both beasts lie pretty close to the top of the food chain. But what would happen if the two were pit against each other in a head-to-head battle for life and death? Australian visitors to Queensland’s Lake Moondarra found out this week after witnessing (and photographing) an epic four-hour battle between a 10-foot python and a crocodile measuring at least as much. Surprising to many, the python won.
“The crocodile was fighting at the start, it was trying to keep its head out of water and survive. But as the morning progressed you could tell both of them were getting a little weaker as the struggle was going on, finally the croc sort of gave in.”
Once the battle ended, it took no more than 10 minutes for the python to swallow the worn-out crocodile while rabid python fans shot these pictures.