By Jennifer Earl
Published March 11, 2019
A brawl between an eastern brown snake and a python over a juicy rat turned deadly last week — at least, for two parties involved.
Jessica Mace of Mulgowie, Australia, was inspecting a loud noise coming from her backyard shed when she stumbled upon the violent scene. As she entered, she noticed a large eastern brown snake slithering roughly 16 feet up toward a rat's nest with a python in its mouth.
"The python was coiled around a rat & not letting go," according to a Facebook post by Queensland-based Andrew's Snake Removal, which explained Mace had shared the story with them.
The snake removal company said the reptiles eventually dropped to the ground and then began to "struggle" over the rat. But the tussle didn't last long.
"The python had coiled itself around the brown snakes head, this went on for a good half hour before the brown broke free & unfortunately for the python once it had been envenomated it was all over,little python still put up a fight but it didn't last much longer & was ultimately eaten," the group described.
The eastern brown snake, known for its aggression, is considered one of the most dangerous serpents in the world.
"Eastern brown snakes, together with other browns are responsible for more deaths every year in Australia than any other group of snakes. Not only is their venom ranked as the second most toxic of any land snake in the world (based on tests on mice), they thrive in populated areas, particularly on farms in rural areas with mice," Australian Geographic once described in a blog post.
Andrew's Snake Removal shared a video of the wild encounter, noting that it helped bust a few myths — that venomous snakes can climb and they aren't deterred from engaging with pythons.
"When you have hay sheds, barns horse stables etc then you're going to get rodents & plenty of them, in return you're going to get equal both brown snakes & pythons with plenty of rodents to feed on between them," the company warned.
The service said the "crazy turn of events" was simply "nature at it's best."
"To sum up: the rat the little python was eating is now dead, the python who was enjoying the rat for lunch is now in the stomach of the brown snake," Andrew's Snake Removal concluded.