The Moment a Mighty Crocodile Took on a Snake.

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The crocodiles is shown tossing and turning in the river with the viper clamped and thrashing beneath his powerful jaws.

Despite an intense battle, the crocodiles came off on top and got to gobble down his prey.

Captured in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, the images were taken by Dr Rishani Gunasinghe.

What is the biggest python in the world?

Weighing in at 550 pounds, the aptly named giant anaconda (Eunectes murinus) is the largest snake in the world considering its length-to-weight ratio. This species, also known as the green anaconda, averages about 17 feet in length, though some individuals grow to as long as 30 feet.

Rish said: ‘We came across a small waterhole by the main road that was home to a small crocodile, which most Jeeps seemed to ignore and pass by, crocodiles not being rare in the island.

‘However, there was something that initially appeared to be small and white close by, which sparked our interest and made us stop for a closer look.

‘Soon the crocodiles took the white thing into its mouth and lifted it revealing a snake, and first, seeing only the underbelly and the enormous size, we assumed it was a python.

‘After a few quick photographs, I noticed the unmistakable chain of dorsal spots and realized it was actually a Russell’s Viper.

Seeing a Russell’s viper in the wild was indeed a treat. But I see a crocodiles with one of possibly record size.  The superb spins and tosses displayed by the crocodiles to kill and devour the viper.

‘When I was taking the pictures.  All I was thinking was getting both the crocodiles. Now I feel we were lucky to witness such a rare event.

‘The Russell’s viper is an aggressive snake.  It is responsible for the highest snake bites, highest number of fatalities. It’s the second most venomous viper in the island.

‘It is said to have the longest fangs of any Sri Lankan snake. It feeds on rodents and other arthropods.  So it’s hard to think it targeted a crocodiles.’




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