Cannibal crocodile caught on camera

March 15, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A hungry crocodile has been captured on camera chomping on one of its less fortunate cousins in a rare documented case of cannibalism.

The two-metre long reptile, nicknamed Eric, was hunting for prawns and small fish when he came across the other crocodile.

But instead of ignoring the younger croc, Eric attacked the metre long rival, killed and ate it himself head first in a grim, cannibalistic spectacle

A hungry crocodile captured on camera chomping on one of its less fortunate cousins in a rare documented case of cannibalism

A hungry crocodile captured on camera chomping on one of its less fortunate cousins in a rare documented case of cannibalism

The moment was captured by David White, who runs Solar Whisper boat tours on the Daintree River in Queensland, Australia.

Mr White said: “He had obviously killed it and was attempting to swallow it, but it was just a little too big, so he swam away with it.

“When we saw him a few days later, he had a big belly so he must have finished it.

“I have been working on the Daintree river for about 15 years and this is the third time I have seen this happen.

“The other two times hatchlings were the victims but this was a two-year-old being eaten by a seven-year old.

“We call him Eric, although it could be Erica. He is about two-metres long. Saltwater crocodiles are opportunistic feeders and there is no emotion involved.”

The two-metre reptile, nicknamed Eric, was fishing for prawns and reptiles when he came across the other crocodile

The two-metre reptile, nicknamed Eric, was fishing for prawns and reptiles when he came across the other crocodile

The saltwater crocodile is the world’s largest reptile and they are known for their fierce, territorial natures.

They can grow up to more than six-metres in length and, while known as ‘salties’, they are most commonly found in freshwater.

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