A breathtaking struggle to the d.e.a.t.h between a gigantic crocodile and one of the world’s d.e.a.dliest snakes has been captured on film. Dramatic photographs show the assassins tossing and flipping in the water during a ᴠɪᴏʟᴇɴᴛ confrontation. The croc ultimately triumphs, clamping and thrashing the viper beneath his enormous teeth before being devoured by his ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍ.
Rishani Gunasinghe, a Patent Technology Specialist, saw the spectacular occurrence at Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. “This was one of those occasions,” Rish said. We came across a little waterhole along the main road that was home to a small croc, which most Jeeps seemed to overlook and pass by, despite the fact that crocs are not uncommon on the island.
However, something nearby that looked to belittle and white piqued our curiosity and caused us to halt for a closer look.” “The croc quickly grabbed the white item into its jaws and raised it, revealing a snake, and at first, seeing only the underside and the immense size, we thought it was a python.”
After taking a few brief photos, I observed the telltale chain of dorsal markings and knew it was a Russell’s Viper.” The Russell’s Viper is one of Asia’s most ᴘᴏɪsᴏɴᴏᴜs snakes, responsible for thousands of d.e.a.t.hs each year.
People who have been ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ have experienced ᴘᴀɪɴ, sᴡᴇʟʟɪɴɢ, ᴠᴏᴍɪᴛɪɴɢ, ᴅɪᴢᴢɪɴᴇss, ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴄʟᴏᴛs, ᴀɴᴅ ʀᴇɴᴀʟ ꜰᴀɪʟᴜʀᴇ. “Seeing Russell’s viper in the wild, one of the world’s d.e.a.d.liest snakes, was a treat, but to see a croc with one of possibly record size, and the superb spins and tosses displayed by the croc in trying to .k.i.l.l and devour the viper, was quite a show and possibly a once-in-a-lifetime encounter,” Rish added.
hen I was photographing the crocs and vipers, all I could concentrate on was getting the crocs and vipers crisp and capturing the super-fast movement as best I could. Now I consider us quite fortunate to have witnessed such a rare occurrence.”
“The Russell’s viper is an aggressive snake that is responsible for the most snake ʙɪᴛᴇs, the most .fᴀᴛᴀʟities, and it is the island’s second most ᴘᴏɪsᴏɴᴏᴜs viper.” It has the largest fangs of any Sri Lankan snake. It primarily feeds on rodents and other arthropods, so it’s difficult to believe it targeted a croc.”