Fish Caught With Live Snake in Its Mouth

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Did this fish bite off more than he could handle? We might never know, because these Australian fishermen caught the estuary cod before he could finish digesting his meal, which just so happened to be a still-alive venomous snake.

While doing some recreational fishing out on Melville Island in the Tiwi Islands in Australia’s Northern Territory, some fishermen plucked a feisty cod out of the murky water. Whether the cod was mad simply for being trapped by a hook and brought up into their air, because he was in the middle of a tasty meal, or a combination of both, the video shows the fish flipping and flopping about like most fish do when caught by a fisherman’s hook.

The men threw both the snake and the cod back in the water before making an attempt to identify the snake, but there’s a good chance that it was a common tiger snake, one of the most dangerous snakes in Australia.

If a tiger snake bite isn’t treated, the unlucky patient will die, but not before experiencing severe pain, numbness, breathing difficulty and paralysis. If the snake the fishermen found in the cod’s throat was indeed a tiger snake, it was probably for the best that they didn’t wait around to look at it more.

How the cod wasn’t effected by the snake’s venom is a mystery. Maybe the snake didn’t have time to bite before being swallowed up, or perhaps the cod did get bitten and was simply in the early stages of symptoms. The moral of the story is don’t go swimming with venomous snakes, and definitely don’t try to make a snack out of them.

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