People prevented the python's meal: how snakes burp up prey
Pythons are predators by nature, and the appetites of these huge snakes are appropriate. Usually pythons swallow prey, the size of which is several times larger than the size of the python itself, although in case of food shortages they do not disdain both birds and small animals. The unique structure of the oral cavity and muscular system allows these snakes to push the victim into the esophagus, wrapping around it. This time, the python managed to catch a young antelope, and he was about to sit comfortably in the bushes to digest a poor animal for several days in a row, but then a man intervened.
Jaco Kotze, who discovered the python at his farm, was not slow in inviting Arthur Rodin, the snake catcher, although pythons do not have poisonous teeth, but they are extremely dangerous to humans. At first, Arthur tried to grab the python by the head, as they do with other snakes, but nothing came of it. Now the dilemma faced the catcher: not to pay attention to people and allow themselves to be caught, or to abandon the prey and save themselves by flight. On reflection, the snake chose the second option, and the process of spewing an antelope can be safely called a sight not for the faint of heart.
In other cases, the antelope could still be saved, but before swallowing the prey, pythons usually choke it and break its vertebrae and ribs so that the victim does not resist. By the way, the length of the python was 3.9 meters in length - not the longest, but definitely a very large specimen.Do you like the article?
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