Snake eats crocodile

SYDNEY: A huge snake won a life and death fight against a crocodile in Australia, swallowing the saurian whole after a lengthy struggle before amazed onlookers.

Travis Corlis, who saw the fight on Sunday at Queensland's Lake Moondarra near the mining town of Mount Isa, said the snake was about 10ft (3m) long and "healthy looking".

The crocodile, which the snake coiled itself around, was about three feet in length, he said.

"They had quite a struggle in the water. We were just standing there in amazement watching it."

Corlis said several hours after he first saw the encounter, he noticed the snake had pulled the crocodile onto the banks of the lake and released its prey, which by this stage was dead.

"About 10 minutes later, the crocodile was gone," he said, referring to the creature being eaten.

His wife, Tiffany, described the battle as "just unbelievable".

"We were sort of thinking that the snake had bitten off a little more than it could chew," she told the Australian Broad-casting Corporation.

"But then it actually ate the crocodile. When you looked at the snake, you could actually see the crocodile's ridges, legs and ­everything inside its belly," she added.

Tiffany said the crocodile had struggled to keep its head out of the water, and while both animals had clearly tired during their marathon fight, "finally, the croc sort of gave in".

Corlis said while crocodiles and snakes were both common in the area, he had never seen them fight in such a way. – AFP