AUSTRALIAN SNAKE FIGHT TO THE DEATH: Red-bellied black takes on deadly brown snake.To the victor a meal

WHEN a red-bellied black snake is looking for food, not even the world’s second-most-venomous land snake can escape being on the dining menu of the red bellied black snake.

Recently Sean Shaw captured footage on his phone of a red-bellied black snake chasing down and ingesting a brown snake on a dirt road near Myponga, south of Adelaide in South Australia.

The brown snake tries desperately to retaliate, but cannot penetrate the scales of its hunter, despite trying again and again.

Mr Shaw – who used to work for Adelaide Snake Catchers – said he first sighted the red-bellied black chase the brown snake across the road as he drove past, and stopped to film the fight.

“After about a 20-minute tussle the red-bellied black snake eventually was able to swallow the brown snake,” he said.

“The whole episode took maybe half an hour.

“When we left the brown snake was about half swallowed but (the red-bellied) seemed to have stalled!”

While confronting, snake catcher Corey Renton, from Snakeaway Services, states it’s not really that uncommon.

“Red-bellies are really reptile eaters,” Mr Renton said.

The Brown snakes food preferences are rodents while red-bellies gorge on frogs and lizards, they live in waterholes,dams and creeks naturally.

Red-bellied black snakes are dangerous to humans but their bites are not usually deadly.

Henry Sapiecha

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