In a surreal roadside scene in rural Northern Australia, a gobsmacked outback worker has taken images of a cow seemingly attempting to swallow a snake.
Andrew Gertz, a refrigeration mechanic, came across a bovine snake catcher as he drove about 300 kilometres from Lake Nash Station in the Northern Territory on the deserted Sandover Highway.
“When I got closer I could see it was a sand python hanging out of its mouth,” said Mr Gertz, from Camooweal, northern Queensland.
“I’ve seen cows with bone and hides … I thought it might have been a bone.”
Mr. Gertz said that he could not work out how the head of the non-venomous snake came to be in the mouth of the cow, speculating that the cow could have jumped on or hit the snake that then “latched onto its tongue.”
The grazier of Western Queensland cattle and natural historian Angus Emmott said that cattle were known to scavenge dead kangaroos and cattle to complement their diets, especially in the red dust of Queensland’s outback, but it was rare to suck python without doubt.
“I have never seen one chew a snake,” Mr Emmott said.