There’s a good chance you have never witnessed a snake duel before – until now that is, as a fearless snake catcher has captured the epic moment two adult carpet pythons battled it out.
Tony Harrison, who works as a snake handler on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, live-streamed the snakes as they fought. The snakes can be seen mid-combat, slithering over one another in the Queensland bush, attempting to push the other.
“This is combat. In the world of snakes the biggest, fattest one wins the right to mate… this is two equally matched carpet pythons and they’re struggling to prove who’s the boss, who’s the biggest, so this could go on for days,” he explains in the video.
At one point, a woman watching the memorising display bends down to touch one of the reptiles. The snakes pause for a brief moment, and then return back to fighting.
“They’re very very transfixed on each other, not worried about us being here,” Tony adds.
The video, which was posted on Friday, has already racked up more than 21,000 views and many people have commented on the post, describing the video as “amazing” and “fascinating”.
“That is soooo [sic] amazing to see, love it, thank you very much for putting this up,” one commentator wrote. Another added: “That’s awesome. Really interesting, thanks for sharing!”
Carpet pythons are not venomous, and their diet mainly consists of small mammals, bats, birds and lizards.
It comes after a worried Victorian mother revealed her shock after spotting one of Australia’s most deadly creatures just centimetres from her twin daughters in a photo – despite being oblivious to the danger until it was almost too late.
Taking to Facebook to warn others of the dangers faced in nature, the mother shared the photograph which showed the snake less than a metre behind one of her precious children. It can be seen in the very bottom left of the snap.