Incredible snaps show crocodile and snake thrashing about as they battle to the death in Sri Lanka


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The moment a mighty croc took on a deadly snake.

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

 In these amazing photos a huge croc in Sri Lanka takes on a massive snake

In these amazing photos a huge croc in Sri Lanka takes on a massive snake

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

Rishani Gunasinghe – a Patent Technology Specialist – took these images in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka.

Rish said: “This was one such occasion. We came across a small waterhole that was home to a small croc, which most Jeeps seemed to ignore and pass by, crocs not being rare in the island.

 The images were taken in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka, by a local

 The snake was a massive Russel's Viper - one of the deadliest in the world

The snake was a massive Russel’s Viper – one of the deadliest in the world

“Soon the croc 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, one of the deadliest snakes in the world, was indeed a treat.

“But to see a croc with one of possibly record size.

 The pair thrashed around in the water in a battle to the death

The pair thrashed around in the water in a battle to the death
 The Russel's Viper has the highest number of fatalities in Sri Lanka

The Russel’s Viper has the highest number of fatalities in Sri Lanka
 It is said to have the longest fangs of any Sri Lankan snake

“And the superb spins and tosses displayed by the croc in trying to kill and devour the viper, was quite a show and possibly a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

“When I was taking the pictures, all I was thinking was getting both the croc and viper sharp and freezing the super-fast action as best as I could.

“Now I feel we were extremely lucky to witness such a rare event.

 The snake is the second most venomous in Sri Lanka

The snake is the second most venomous in Sri Lanka
 The photographer said he was 'extremely lucky to have witnessed such a rare event'

The photographer said he was ‘extremely lucky to have witnessed such a rare event’
 He passed by the dangerous scene after noticing the huge, potentially record-large snake

He passed by the dangerous scene after noticing the huge, potentially record-large snake.

“The Russell’s viper is an aggressive snake. In Sri Lanka, it is responsible for the highest snake bites, highest number of fatalities and 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 mainly on rodents and other arthropods, so it’s hard to think it targeted a croc.”


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