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A brown snake struggles to escape the clutches of a red-bellied black snake in South Australia. Screenshot: Sean Shaw/YouTube

Deadly brown snake loses fight to red-bellied black snake in Australia

WT24 Desk

A former snake catcher traveling down a rural dirt road pulled over to film one of the deadliest snakes in the world losing a fight to a distant cousin,UPI reports.

Sean Shaw, who formerly trapped reptiles for Adelaide Snake Catchers, said he was driving on a dirt road Saturday near Myponga, South Australia, when he spotted a red-bellied black snake chasing a brown snake across the road.

Shaw pulled over to film the fight. The video, posted to YouTube, shows the brown snake, one of the most venomous snakes in the world, trying to turn the tables on its attacker, but the red-bellied black snake has the advantage of size and the brown snake is unable to get is fangs through the other serpent’s thick scales.

The black snake latches onto the brown snake and brings it down with a dose of venom. “After about a 20-minute tussle the red-bellied black snake eventually was able to swallow the brown snake,” Shaw told The Advertiser. “The whole episode took maybe half an hour.” “When we left the brown snake was about half swallowed but [the red-bellied] seemed to have stalled,” he said.

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