Sunshine Coast snake catcher witnesses lace monitor fight

TWO large lace monitor lizards have chosen to start a fight at the campsite of the Sunshine Coast's most well-known snake catcher.

Richie Gilbert from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 was enjoying some time off over at Bribie Island when he witnessed what he thought would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"I've spent my whole life observing reptiles in the wild and this was the first time and probably the only time I'll ever get to see this epic behavior," Mr Gilbert posted on his Facebook page.

"I got front row seats to these big boys battling it out for the right to scavenge at our campsite over on Bribie Island around a month back.

"All up there was about six lace monitors cruising around us while this was going on.

"My brother Steve took this iPhone video and I'm so stoked he did."

In the video the lizards can be seen to stand up on their rear legs and wrestle each other until one of the lizards gets the upper hand and the other makes a quick escape.

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