Reptiles whether big or small give us the creeps. They’re the least favorite animals of a lot of people. They’re not like the warm and fuzzy animals we love petting. They have hard scales which are rough and just not inviting.
Australia is not just known for the Sydney Opera House but also for its great outback and exotic animals. From deadly bees to creepy spiders, it seems that insects would top the list of hair-raising creatures in the land down under. But there’s one snake that might just make you think twice on which creatures pose the biggest threat.
There are huge snake species thriving in Australia that can grow up to several meters. Just like this python who ate a whole crocodile! They’re not venomous but their huge size can crush and swallow an animal larger than their size. If that doesn’t send chills down your spine, I don’t know what else does. Let’s see this amazing snake in action.
1. Scouting For Food
This is an olive python. It is Australia’s second largest snake species with the adults reaching over four meters in length. The olive python is a non-venomous snake but is a powerful constrictor. Meaning, they squeeze their prey to death. They are so strong that the tightness cuts off blood supply to the vital organs which would lead to unconsciousness and death very quickly.
This ten-foot long olive python was enjoying the shallow waters of Lake Moondarra on a Sunday afternoon as it hunts for its dinner which most often consists of small animals that should be paying attention to their surroundings if they don’t want to be choked to death.
2. Patience Is A Virtue
Sometimes looking for food is easy, sometimes not. Although snakes are known to be voracious eaters, they are patient too when it comes to hunting for their tasty prey. And for this olive python, he spotted a sumptuous juvenile saltwater crocodile.
Saltwater crocodiles are actually the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest riparian predator in the world. Most of their prey are ambushed and then drowned or swallowed whole. It is capable of prevailing over almost any animal that enters its territory. But this crocodile is still a juvenile so, the grown python can easily win over him.
3. Battle Royale
Then the battle begins. Just like any prey who is soon to be eaten no matter how powerful the predator is, it won’t give up without a fight. After all, who wants to be eaten right? Especially if your prey is also a natural predator.
According to eye witnesses, the epic battle started and ended in the water and lasted an exhausting five hours. They also said it looked like that the crocodile was attempting to keep his head above water at one point in the battle but was not successful. Here, the python proves that he is the boss.
4. Size Doesn’t Matter?
Snakes are known to eat much larger prey than their own size. Their jaws can incredibly stretch until it is double or even triple its actual size. Their slender bodies are also capable of stretching to unbelievable sizes so it’s not impossible for them to eat a much larger prey.
Pythons are non-venomous but they kill their prey by constricting them to death. Constricting also crushes its prey’s body so it can better swallow them whole.
5. The Champion
The python is obviously the winner. Too bad for the saltwater crocodile his momma wasn’t there to protect him. I bet the python would think twice of eating him.
After sensing that the crocodile is dead, he uncoiled himself and dragged his well-earned meal to land. Pythons are able to sense its prey’s heartbeat, which gives them the ability to know when their meal is dead so they can stop constricting and conserve as much energy as possible. They will need it for the digestion process. After all, pythons are not a fan of small meals. If you know what I mean.