Travis Corlis and his wife, Tiffany, photographed the wrestling match in which the 10-foot python and smaller crocodile first began to grapple in Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa.
Corlis said the battle went on for several hours, with the snake eventually pulling the crocodile to the lakeshore.
“We were sort of thinking that the snake had bitten off a little more than it could chew,” Tiffany told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
But the croc eventually “sort of gave in” and was then swallowed whole by the python.
Tiffany added: “When you actually looked at the snake, you could … see the crocodile's ridges, legs and everything inside its belly.”
A recent drought was said to have caused the lake’s level to drop, making the crocs in the water more visible.
But residents say they had never before heard of such a reptilian life-and-death battle.
Photo: Tiffany Corlis