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Epic moment four-metre crocodile fights off 20 other crocs to feast on a dead cow in an Outback billabong

  • Michele Bain watched the ferocious scene unfold from her houseboat
  • She saw the long tracks where the the four-metre reptile dragged its victim
  • More than 20 crocodiles surrounded the cow, gnashing their teeth together

By Charlotte Karp For Daily Mail Australia

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The incredible moment more than 20 enormous crocodiles bared their teeth as they fought over a dead cow has been caught on camera.

Michele Bain watched the scene unfold from her houseboat in the crocodile-infested waters of Corroboree Billabong, south-east of Darwin, with her husband Mark on September 2.

The amateur photographer from Palmerston said she saw long tracks in the bush where the the four-metre reptile had dragged its victim into the water.

Michele Bain was in the crocodile-infested waters of Corroboree Billabong, south-east of Darwin, when she saw the scene unfold

Pictured: the crocodile feasting on the cow. Mrs Bain said the cow appeared bloated, as though it had been drowned

She said the cow was definitely dead by the time it was pulled into the water and appeared bloated, as though it had been drowned, with chunks of ‘black, slimy flesh, like the skin of a seal’.

As the crocodile feasted on the cow, more crocodiles slowly began to emerge.

‘There weren’t too many when we first went past, but when we came back there were about 20 crocodiles above the water,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

The couple were alarmed when they realised more were lurking beneath the surface, waiting to steal a chunk of meat. 

As the crocodile devoured the cow, more crocodiles slowly began to emerge until there were more than 20

Mrs Bain said the reptile started gnashing its teeth to scare the others away, ripping raw chunks of flesh off its victim (pictured)

‘One by one, they would try to have a piece of beef and and the crocodile that won it would chase them away.’ 

Mrs Bain said it started gnashing its teeth to scare the others away, ripping raw chunks of flesh off its victim.  

‘There was lots of fighting and splashing – we’ve been going to that spot for years and we’ve never seen anything like it.’

Crocodiles usually spend a week devouring a large mammal, but Mrs Bain said the cow was completely gone by the following morning

‘There was lots of fighting and splashing – we’ve been going to that spot for years and we’ve never seen anything like it,’ she said

Crocodiles usually spend a week devouring a large mammal, but Mrs Bain said the cow was completely gone by the following morning – less then 24 hours later.

Despite being surrounded by killer crocodiles, the couple maintained they weren’t afraid. 

‘I had a long lens, and I’ve been taking photos for so long and I was in a secure boat,’ she said.

‘You’ve just got to be croc-wise and not get too close.’ 

Pictured: One of the smaller crocodiles trying to get a piece of dead cow

WHAT IS A SALTWATER CROCODILE? 

  • Saltwater crocodiles are the largest of all living reptiles, growing up to 6m in length and weigh up to 1,000kg.
  • They typically remain motionless and camouflaged for very long periods, and are often mistaken for a partially submerged log.
  • Crocodiles are able to propel themselvs through the water at surprising speed up to speeds of around 18km/h.
  • With eyes and nostrils on top of their heads, they can remain mostly hidden beneath the surface of the water. 
  • Their mouths contains 40-60 large teeth designed to rip flesh off prey as food is swallowed whole.
  • Strictly carnivorous, they eats fish, birds, and even wallabies, water buffalo, cattle, flying foxes, crabs and turtles that venture near the water’s edge.
  • Most prey are ambushed and then drowned or swallowed whole. 
  • When hunting prey, they lie in wait, partially submerged or completely underwater.
  • Crocodiles inhabit the mangrove swamps, coastal marshes, and river mouths, around the top of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
  • The saltwater crocodile can live to the age of 70 

Source: Australian Reptile Park

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