Tiny green tree frog devours a live carpet python

A brave frog has been caught on camera as it attempted to devour an entire snake - in one big mouthful.

The 28-second clip taken in the Darwin suburb of Malak on Saturday night shows a green tree frog with a baby carpet python being eaten headfirst, and the snake part way into its stomach.

It is unlikely that predators have taken on much larger animals
It is unlikely that predators have taken on much larger animals

Once the feisty frog is found by Mark Drescher, who lives in the home, it clings to the still wriggling snake and refuses to relinquish it, even holding on while the snake is lifted into the air.

At an estimated 50 centimetres long, the snake would appear a difficult meal for the much smaller frog, but there was no sign of the frog giving up its efforts.

The frog was downstairs under the house when I found it, moving around with what I thought was a lizard's tail wriggling in its mouth,
Mr Drescher said.

Only when I had a closer look did I realise it was a small snake.

The tiny, green amphibian is seen with the snake's head inside its mouth, as it attempts to chomp down on the long reptile.

The frog even refuses to let go when a man attempts to prise the snake out of its mouth, and clings onto its afternoon snack as it dangles in mid-air.

Mr. Drescher said he thought about letting the battle between the two animals continue, but in the end decided to intervene.

It is not clear whether the snake manages to escape from the frog's jaws, as the video abruptly cuts off before the frog really gets started on its meal.

But Mr Drescher said he lifted up the snake and gave it a gentle tug, but the frog held on doggedly.The snake was then released into his garden.

Dr Gavin Bedford, snake expert and curator of reptiles at Crocosaurus Cove, said it was unusual for a small animal like a frog to try and eat a larger snake.

Carpet pythons are known on occasion to eat frogs, so the tables are turned,
Dr. Bedford said.

He said despite snakes not being a common part of a frog's diet, it had been documented before.

They will digest anything they can get into their guts,
he said.

The frog was fortunate the python he encountered was a baby carpet snake, as the reptiles can grow to three metres in length, more than a mouthful for even the hungriest frog.

It is not the first time unlikely predators have taken on much larger animals.

ABC Australia uploaded the bizarre video to their news site on June 15.

It is thought that the two animals were spotted in a backyard on the Northern Territory in Australia.

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