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Goanna wins in battle with tiger snake

Staff reporterThe West Australian
A goanna makes light work of a tiger snake.
Camera IconA goanna makes light work of a tiger snake. Credit: Sam Newbury

Ever wondered who would win a fight between a goanna and a tiger snake?

Judging by the sorry state of this tiger snake, lodged firmly between the jaws of a 1.5m goanna, you need wonder no longer.

Sam Newbury was driving along a four-wheel-drive track in Walpole-Nornalup National Park on the long weekend when he came across the gruesome sight of the goanna enjoying its latest meal.

“I had a closer look and thought ‘jeez, what’s going on there?” he said.

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“We put the brakes on and had a look, the goanna was sort of stopped still. I got my camera out and took a photo and then it just shook its head and ran off into the bush.”

The goanna was photographed devouring the snake head-first. A mark on the snake’s body indicates there had been a tussle before the snake’s death.

“I got quite a shock because tiger snakes are infamous for being really aggressive,” Mr Newbury said.

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