Wednesday 21 February 2018

'Nature at its toothiest and clawiest!' - Crocodile slam-dunks rival reptile before devouring it

Credit: Queensland National Parks
Credit: Queensland National Parks

Mark Molloy

Here’s a gentle reminder as to why you should never mess with a crocodile.

These incredible photos show the moment a hungry crocodile slammed a reptilian rival down on a river bank in Australia before enjoying it for lunch.

Witness Sandra Bell caught the crocodile fight on camera at the Catfish Waterhole in Rinyirru National Park, Tropical North Queensland.

"This is nature at its toothiest and clawiest!" said Queensland National Parks (QNP) who shared the photos on Facebook.

This is nature at its toothiest and clawiest!Sandra Bell sent us these spectacular photos of a croc eating another...

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"Sandra Bell sent us these spectacular photos of a croc eating another croc ... It happened just a couple of hundred metres from our warning sign, so it's a good reminder to remember to be croc wise in croc country."

Experts believe the smaller crocodile may have already been dead when it was found by the larger croc.

"Not a lot of crocs actually survive to adulthood, but once they're a reasonable size their only enemies are each other and humans," explained QNP. "So this one might have been victim to another croc earlier on in the day."

Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage warns people not to take "unnecessary risks" in crocodile habitat.

Their guidelines warn tourists to obey crocodile signs, to never feed the crocs, not to swim were the reptiles live and to always stand a few metres back from the water’s edge when fishing.

Crocodile expert Adam Britton told the Sydney Morning Herald that crocodile cannibalism is common during the wet season, which runs from September to March.

"If a big dominant male comes across a smaller male then basically he is going to want to get rid of that competitor and [start] driving them out," Dr Britton told the newspaper.

"That is the first thing they will try and do but if that doesn't work they are quite happy to go and kill them."

Earlier this year, a small crocodile was found in man's boot on a plane over Australia.

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