A Python Ate Crocodile Whole And You Can Guess What Happened Next.
Two of the most interesting animals on this planet are snakes and crocodiles. Humans tend to be naturally afraid of them, so their smart, and ferocious ways, make them perfect for scary movies. Are they actually as frightening as they appear in the movies? Well, this story shows that may be even more scary.
Pythons keep a diet of small animals such as rodents and lizards, and if they’re in populated areas, they’ll eat farm animals, too. Pythons that are of a larger species have even been known to eat grazing mammals like antelope. What would happen if the python tried eating something that wasn’t just big, but deadly, as well? What happens when two predators encounter each other?
Crocodile Versus Python
While visiting Africa, photographers found themselves in a situation where they were asking those same questions. The stumbled upon a battle between a python and a crocodile. Pythons only eat a few times a year, due to their slow digestion process, but when they are hungry, you better watch out! Apparently this python figured he found his next meal, but that crocodile won’t go down that easily.
Once they reach full size, crocodiles and pythons don’t usually have any predators. They’re both pretty fast and stealthy, and are given protection from an animal’s bite by using their tough skin. With that being said, only large cats, like tigers and leopards, have been known to have them for dinner. But is it possible for another reptile to eat a massive crocodile?
There are two stages to how a python subdues its prey. First, they wrap themselves around their victim. They then tighten their body so they can constrict its prey’s movement. Even though they can break bones, asphyxiation is usually what kills their prey. But crocodiles are able to go a long time without breathing, and they have razor sharp teeth that could rip open the snake. The snake could regret this.
The snake overlooks the danger to its life, and grabs behind the skull of the crocodile to keep him in place. The python then opens its mouth nice and big to begin to swallow the crocodile head first. Since a python has no venom, the crocodile could end up still being alive as it’s being swallowed. A creature as powerful as a crocodile can surely escape that hold!
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