Brown snake and python filmed ferociously fighting over rat in Queensland


Jessica Mace, from Molgowie, witnessed and filmed a half-hour long display of snake fighting in her yarn as a python, which had been coiled around a rat, was attacked by a larger brown snake.

Ms Mace saw a brown snake climbing along a five-metre high beam in her shed towards a nest of rats, where she described seeing the rodents scampering for safety.

The brown snake slid along the beam after appearing to have grabbed something in its mouth.

“It then dropped down hanging from the beam with a small python in it’s mouth,” snake catcher Andrew Smedley, of Andrew’s Snake Removal wrote on Facebook yesterday. “The python was coiled around a rat not letting go.”

The snakes then both fell to the ground with the rat and began struggling with each other, in a fight that continued on for half an hour.

Despite the fight put up by the little python, it eventually succumbed to being bitten by the highly toxic brown and died, despite “putting up a good fight”.

An Ipswich snake catcher has shared footage of a brown snake attacking a python as it tried to eat a rat. Source: Jessica MaceSource:Facebook

The brown snake attacked the rat only to discover it already had a smaller python wrapped around it. Source: Jessica Mace

The brown snake attacked the rat only to discover it already had a smaller python wrapped around it. Source: Jessica MaceSource:Facebook

The snakes fought for about half an hour, discarding the rat.

The snakes fought for about half an hour, discarding the rat.Source:Facebook

The brown snake later ate the python and the rat.

The brown snake later ate the python and the rat.Source:Facebook

Mr Smedley said the smaller python was ultimately eaten by the brown snake, along with the rat it had been trying to eat.

“Nature at it’s best,” he wrote.

Mr Smedley said the video was a good example of snake myth busting. He said people shouldn’t believe the myth that all venomous snakes are solely ground dwellers.

“Venomous snakes can (and) do climb, this brown had climbed five metres up to raid the rats nest,” he wrote.

He also said that having one type of snake around a home will not deter other snakes.

“Personally I find that there is no evidence to back that up.” he wrote.

“When you have hay sheds, barns, horse stables etc then your going to get rodents.

“In return your going to get equal both brown snakes pythons with plenty of rodents to feed on between them.”



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