【Nature】 Snake vs crocodile: A dramatic showdown

Photographers have captured a dramatic fight to the death between a snake and a crocodile at Lake Moondarra near Mount Isa in north west Queensland.

Marvin Muller snapped this picture of the final moments of the epic wrestling match. The entire battle took about four hours and attracted the attention of several people with cameras at Lake Moondarra. "Pretty cool experience, not something you think you're going to see but I guess up in Mount Isa in the outback you see some pretty cool things," Mr Muller said. (Contributed : Marvin Muller)

Marvin Muller took dozens of shots showing intricate details of the animals' fight to the death. He has now sold his pictures to an agency, which has syndicated the images all over the world. "I was up until one o'clock in the morning uploading them because they wanted to put them in newspapers all over Europe and the US," he said. (Contributed: Marvin Muller)

Tiffany Corlis took several pictures on her smart phone. The pictures were quickly shared around the world. She says the crocodile put up a fight, but was no match for the snake. "(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." (Contributed : Tiffany Corlis)

Ms Corlis says she was shocked when the snake began to eat the crocodile. "It was just unbelievable, we were sort of thinking the snake had bitten off a little more than it could chew, pardon the pun, but it did actually eat the crocodile." (Contributed: Tiffany Corlis)

Ms Corlis says the scuffle attracted a lot of attention, with several people taking pictures on their smart phones. She says everyone got quite close to the action. "We were probably a little too brave, a little too crazy," she said.

She says the sight became even more interesting once the snake had finished eating.

"You could see the crocodile in the snake's belly which I think was probably the more remarkable thing," she said.

"You could actually see its legs and see its scales and everything, it was just amazing."

Ms Corlis says the incident has not discouraged her from swimming at Lake Moondarra in the future.

"I think I'll just send someone else in first."

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