Goanna eats Snake

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 19:05
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Hi All at E Oz, a friend of mine just gave me some pic's he took out the back of Laverton WA last week of a 5ft /1525mm goanna eating a snake that was longer than itself, He told me it took the goanna about 1 minute to eat the snake alive. Hope the pic will be clear to see,
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 19:16

Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 19:16
Looks like it is just a baby one LOL



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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 19:27

Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 19:27
panoptes is the name of the monitor.
perentie gets bigger.
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Reply By: DIO - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 10:55

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 10:55
Sorry, can't see the snake. Would you mind slipping back out there and arranging for the goanna to grab another snake and this time, pose for the camera.
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Reply By: Mick O - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 11:31

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 11:31
I seem to recall a series of photos several months back taken on a mine road in WA where a python was devouring a large goanna. The process of the swallowing took so long that the mine company put up witches hats around the snake so it wouldn't be hit by passing mine traffic. It was something like 5 hours before the goanna was swallowed and the snake dragged itself off. I'll try and find them on google.

A very interesting a seldom photographed occurrence I reckon. Good effort by your mate.

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 11:33

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 11:33
Found the photos in the SMH. Here's the link;

Snake eats goanna!

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 11:54

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 11:54
Mick,

here is the EO thread on it as well


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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 21:04

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 21:04
Great photos Mick & Kev.
What a mouthfull for the old bugga eh?

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Reply By: Member - Cantiva Clay (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 11:45

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 11:45
Told you, it was a snake that got the baby.........
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 20:49

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 20:49
LOL
So how did the dingo get mixed up in that lot then? :-)
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 20:52

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 20:52
John,

The dingo was after the woolen underlay ;)

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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 12:47

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 12:47
Its part of an old Aboriginal legend.
The Goanna hates the snake because he used the last of the paint to decorate himself and left none for the Goanna,they been enemies ever since.

Its also good way to keep snakes away from a homestead by encouraging big lizards to live nearby
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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 21:39

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 21:39
dont spose you know what sort of snake it was?

just as a pure guess it looks a decent size so maybe a Mulga snake/
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 23:56

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 23:56
a mulga that length would be wider in girth. hard to say but the snake looks to be at least 1 metre plus so it may be the relative of western spotted brown either dugite or gwardar
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 01:16

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 01:16
just too hard to tell.
You dont get dugites up there. A gwarder is a good possibility as they are one of the most common snakes of any size. While it is too hard to tell i thought it may be a bit bigger than your averadge gwarder

all guesswork
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 12:02

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 12:02
hmmmmmm ....

Wonder if someone could come up with a snakebite antidote from goannas ?????

Ohhh wait .... some bloke called Johnson already tried it.
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