Cruel moment: A dog walker films a python turning a wallaby into dinner and says it was a ‘privilege’ to watch the sight
- Man films Python eating baby wallaby in Queensland
- Duke Orme said the act was a “privilege” to watch
- The non-venomous large bush pythons can ambush large prey
A nature lover walking his dog happened to come across a python eating a small wallaby.
Duke Orme captured the confrontational footage near his home in Wongaling Beach, far north Queensland, which shows the great bush python slowly draining the marsupial of life.
Footage showed the snake wrapping its body around the animal and slowly swallowing it while the wallaby lay listlessly in its grip.
In the vision, a man was heard saying that the snake would “slay” it in about an hour, but added that it would not move much after the big meal.
“He’ll rest for about a week,” he said.
Duke Orme came across the python and wallaby fighting in the grass in far north Queensland (pictured).
Mr Orme said it was a “privilege” to see the snake killer in action, despite the terrifying nature (pictured is a stock image of a bush python).
Astonished onlookers could be heard laughing at the huge loot.
Mr Orme told Yahoo News Australia It was a “privilege” to see the snake killer in action, despite its terrifying nature.
“I accept nature for what it is. “Every piece of nature has its process and a snake has to eat,” Mr Orme said.
Footage (pictured) shows the snake having its body wrapped around the animal as it slowly swallows it while the wallaby lies listless
“You get mixed reactions, but people are fascinated by it. It’s natural.”
He said the reptiles aren’t the heaviest of snakes, but they are long and capable of taking down large prey.
Mr Orme added that the snakes eat the head first as the legs can act like a fishhook.
The python can weigh up to 25 kg and reach a length of eight meters.
The snakes ambush their prey and suffocate it while swallowing it whole and non-venomous.
Australian bush pythons
The bush python is found in the tropical rainforests of extreme tropical north Queensland.
They are the largest snake species native to Australia.
The reptiles can reach a length of up to eight meters and a weight of over 25 kilograms.
Bush pythons are non-toxic.
They use their large teeth to secure their prey before wrapping their muscular bodies in coils that suffocate their prey and consume it whole.
The snakes eat rodents, flying foxes, possums and even animals as large as young kangaroos.
The female bush python lays up to 20 eggs and curls up on them to generate heat.
This also prevents animals such as monitor lizards and wild boar from chasing them.
Source: Australia Zoo