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Old 25 January 2010, 06:54 PM
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Snake Snake eating large lizard

This is said to be from either from the Pilbara Mine site in Australia or somewhere in Arizona.

Comment: It took a total of 5 hours for the snake to finish off the goanna.
As you can see, they put some signage up so it couldn't be run over.
Chardonnay with that....?


Comment: I must say I don't believe it (in a lot of the pictures, the snake
looks more like a sock).


Comment: I am pretty sure that goannas are not native to Arizona, and the
snake does not look familiar, so unless someone's pet snake got loose, ate
someone else's pet goanna which also got loose (pretty big coincidence),
I'm going with this is an Australian snake, but I can't find which one. Please
can you help?













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Old 25 January 2010, 10:13 PM
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This site claims that it happened at Cloud Break Mine in Australia.
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Old 25 January 2010, 11:29 PM
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Looks like a Black Headed Python to me
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Old 25 January 2010, 11:52 PM
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5 hours of struggle? Not a chance. Neither pythons nor monitor lizards have that kind of stamina.
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Old 26 January 2010, 09:41 AM
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Was it supposed to be five hours of "struggle" or just five hours to swallow the thing?
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Old 26 January 2010, 09:57 AM
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I'd say five hours to get it down. The killing doesn't take that long.
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Old 26 January 2010, 11:53 AM
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5 hours of struggle? Not a chance. Neither pythons nor monitor lizards have that kind of stamina.
Consuming, not struggling.
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The staff at Cloud break pegged the site to protect the snake for the five hours it took to consume his lunch.
ETA: I think rihannalexis pegged the photo origins.
So far as I can tell it looks like some chap in the UK posted in Oct 2009 this took place in Arizona. The animals are being misidentified as well as the location.
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It took a total of 5 hours for the King Snake to finish off the Goanna. (Sand Monitor)
He received the photos and misinformation via email. Then it gets repeated (and apparently, debunked) by this Bruce fella (location unknown) in Nove 2009, here.

I feel sorry for the Arizona Tourist Board.

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Old 27 January 2010, 05:04 AM
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Consuming, not struggling.
Ah. I saw "five hours to finish off" in the OP and thought "five hours before the monitor was dead."
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Old 27 January 2010, 06:23 AM
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Then it gets repeated (and apparently, debunked) by this Bruce fella (location unknown) in Nove 2009, here.
We only call him that to avoid confusion.

Honestly, those photo's stink of our north-west (the brick-red earth, the vegetation, etc) but the clincher is the term "goanna."

It's an Aboriginal word, and it's often used for other lizards besides monitors. Does any other country use it?
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Old 27 January 2010, 11:31 AM
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Ah. I saw "five hours to finish off" in the OP and thought "five hours before the monitor was dead."
Yeah, you were going for the intermediary finish, but it was the big finish instead.
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Old 27 January 2010, 11:35 AM
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Honestly, those photo's stink of our north-west (the brick-red earth, the vegetation, etc)
It looks an awful lot like Arizona, too, honestly.
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but the clincher is the term "goanna."

It's an Aboriginal word, and it's often used for other lizards besides monitors. Does any other country use it?
I associate that word with Oz. I don't know of any other country using it. Certainly not in the states, except, maybe, when making fun of....errrrr...speaking of Australia.
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Old 27 January 2010, 01:56 PM
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If you look at the shadows of the marker poles, especially compared with the side of the road (and taking into account that the last photo is taken at a reverse angle); then it took less than an hour for the snake to swallow the reptile; certainly nowhere near five hours.
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Old 30 January 2010, 06:56 AM
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On a recent visit to the Carbanup Reptile Park In Western Australia I had the opportunity to photograph a Black-Headed python. As the park only has reptiles native to Western Australia I think it's safe to say this photo is from the Pilbara. (as already established, I actually wanted to d/load the photo I took but it seems you can't do that here. Never mind.)
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