- Dr Adam Britton caught these incredible images of Smaug as he ate a wallaby
- Smaug’s diet usually consists of smaller animals like chickens but he was treated
- Smaug the Crocodile has starred in films and documentaries like Blackwater
This is the incredible moment that a crocodile shows the world what it can do with its prey once it locks its jaws on.
The image shows Smaug the Crocodile as he leaps up out of the water and into the air with the wallaby firm in his jaws.
Dr Adam Britton captured Smaug the crocodile tearing apart a wallaby.
The five-metre long crocodile holds nothing back as he tosses the wallaby around.
Smaug the crocodile has no qualms about whipping about his prey. The force of the whip rips the wallaby in half
‘In order to take something much larger, like a wallaby, you’ve got to break it first. So what it will do is manipulate it in its mouth until he’s got the tail. Then he will flip his head like a whip and the power that this generates is so much it rips the wallaby in two,’ Dr Britton told Daily Mail Australia.
This is because smaller pieces of meat are easier for the crocodile to handle.
Smaug’s diet usually consists of chickens.
But it’s the bigger animals that Smaug really enjoys.
Dr Britton said: ‘I think he really enjoys taking out something that is much larger.’
One of the reasons that crocodiles are given larger prey is to make them work to eat their food.
It is good for a crocodile’s jaw and keeps them strong.
‘I think he really enjoys taking out something that is much larger’: Bigger prey, like this wild pig, is good for crocodiles as it keeps their jaws strong
Dr Britton was four or five metres away when he snapped the picture of Smaug eating the wallaby at the Big Gecko facility just outside of Darwin.
Smaug has been classed as a celebrity long before these pictures hit the world.
Dr Britton originally got Smaug when the BBC’s natural history unit in the UK were producing a new documentary series with David Attenborough titled Life In Cold Blood.
It has been 12 years since then.
‘If you’ve ever seen an underwater shot of a saltwater crocodile, there’s a good chance it’s Smaug’, Dr Britton said to NT News.