Members of a “rainforest-style” golf course in Far North Queensland were surprised over the weekend when they happened upon a rather large python devouring a rather fucked wallaby.

The four-metre scrub python was chowing down on the wallaby in the middle of the fairway on the 17th hole at Paradise Palms golf course in Cairns.

Local golfer Robert Willemse – who snapped the iconic action shot – said he was alerted to the death wrestle by another group of golfers.

“They shouted us over and said ‘There’s a python having a go at a wallaby’,”
he told the Cairns Post. “The python swallowed it and rolled into the creek, then snuck back into the bush. It must have gone for a rest for the next few days.”

He snapped the pic above, and the rest is history: worldwide coverage of the fact that our wildlife is demonstrably fucked.

Paradise Palms general manager Declan McCollam said that wildlife is part and parcel on the green, and bandicoots, wild dogs and foxes are also regularly spotted. 

“We see a lot of pythons out here,” he said. “That’s the first time we have actually seen one devour a fellow animal on the golf course.”

But don’t worry, folks. Scrub pythons might arguably be Australia‘s largest terrestrial predator”, according to University of Sydney biologist Dan Natusch, but they post no major threat to humans. 

“Scrub pythons don’t see us as prey,” he told the BBC. “Exercise caution insofar as they have very sharp teeth and you don’t want to be bitten.” Right-o, then.

Photo: AFP / Robert Willemse.