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Three Ducks Escorted A Deadly Tiger Snake Out Of Their Lake

A lucky photographer managed to capture the incredible moment three ducks are escorting a deadly tiger snake away from their lake.

The venomous snake came from the shore and was swimming about in their lake.

Nature photographer Tim Kemp witnessed the remarkable moment three ducks escorted a tiger snake back to shore in Whiteman Park near Perth this week

Tim Kemp spotted the snake approaching floating vegetation where the ducks were sitting and prepared to see one of the ducks become the snake’s next meal.

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To his surprise, the ducks instead ended up calmly escorting the snake back to dry land.

Mr Kemp said he initially thought the ducks were about to become the snake's next meal before seeing them lead the reptile back to shore

“As the minutes ticked by and there weren’t any feathers flying or wings splashing, I realised if the birds knew the snake was there, they didn’t care,” he said.

“I think the ducks knew they weren’t in any danger. None of them had a nest on the vegetation they were relaxing on. And they’re just too big for the tiger snake to fit in its gob.”

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Tiger snakes are extremely venomous to humans and can prey on small birds and mammals

“Smaller birds and frogs would have been on the menu, had the snake been able to find them.”

Mr Kemp said the birds were unfazed by the tiger snake and were far too big to be eaten

Kemp was surprised at the sight of three ducks, from different species, coming together to shoo the snake out of their lake.

The snake had swam towards a patch of vegetation where the ducks had been basking in the sunshine

“The ducks weren’t any worse for wear. Several breeding pairs swam off together. I watched a male Shelduck showing off to a female. A number of swans and ibises came gliding in for a cleaning and relaxation session on the little green island,” he said.

Mr Kemp said the ducks didn't seem to care they were swimming next to an extremely deadly snake

“I walked back to my car, thinking about how a bunch of different species of birds worked together to guide that Tiger snake away from their hangout.”

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Tiger snakes can swim underwater for up to nine minutes as well as climbing trees

Tiger snakes account for the second-highest number of snake bites in Australia and are highly venomous.

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Joe Kahlo

Written by Joe Kahlo

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