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Python swallows wallaby on Qld golf course

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016

A four-metre python has swallowed a wallaby after slithering on to a Queensland golf course as shocked players watched on.

Golfers stood in disbelief as the 30-minute struggle between reptile and marsupial was spotted at Paradise Palms golf course on Saturday morning.

Robert Willemse, who's been a member at the course for almost 10 years, told the Cairns Post the snake got hold of the wallaby's head and rolled into the middle of the fairway on the 17th hole.

"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 said.

The python is one of the biggest snakes to have been spotted on the course in a while, general manger of the Paradise Palms Declan McCollam told AAP.

He said the incident had not alarmed locals.

"The snake is not harmful to humans ... when it was finished digesting the wallaby, it went back into the bush," Mr McCollam said.

"The wildlife on Paradise Palms has always been an attraction for golfers, and it is clear that is well and thriving," he said.

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