Video shows a brown snake and a tiger snake grappling at a Nanneella property, near Rochester in Victoria on Friday night.
The brown snake can be seen coiling itself around the other reptile as the pair roll around in the dirt.
The brown snake then clamps its fangs down on the tiger and starts eating its head.
‘It was amazing, I didn’t even know they would fight like that, let alone eat one another,’ Ms Will, the viewer said
A snake catcher was called to bag the pair up.
He later told that the brown snake regurgitated the tiger snake.Both brown snakes and tiger snakes are venomous, and snakes do occasionally eat each other.
If snakes get too hot, they can become confused and disoriented. They also get a ramped-up metabolism, causing them to have a false sense of hunger and a desire to eat the first thing they see. As captive snakes typically live alone and food isn’t routinely consistently available to them, they end up attacking themselves.
Snakes may also attack themselves if they are shedding and have diminished eyesight, mistaking their tail for prey.
When a snake begins to self-cannibalize, reducing the temperature by turning off heat lamps and spritzing the snake with cool water can help alleviate the stress and the snake may let go, though sometimes intervention by a veterinarian is required. These episodes can be fatal. Because snakes have evolved to trap food and guide it in, it can be difficult for them to let go once they have started eating.