A massive python was just recently caught in pictures vomiting up another, larger python.
This snake regurgitation took place in East Kimberley, Western Australia, according to regional news website The New Daily Kurt Jongedyk, the supervisor at Parry Creek Farm Traveler Resort and Caravan Park in the location, supposedly encountered a 11.5- to 13- foot (3.5 to 4 meters) python and “transferred” it far from his home. At that point, the python started to “raise its meal”– “an even fatter python of about the exact same length.”
Amanda Jongedyk took the pictures, which were published to the park’s Facebook page. [Photos: Python Chows Down on 3 Deer]
Accounts of pythons consuming other pythons end up not to be that uncommon. Here’s a National Geographic video of precisely this sort of snake cannibalism in action. And pythons are more than efficient in swallowing bigger animals, and even, in some horrible cases, people.
Contrary to common belief, snakes do not unhinge their jaws to swallow larger animals.
” Among the long-lasting misconceptions about snake feeding systems is the concept that the jaws separate,” Patrick T. Gregory, a biology teacher at the University of Victoria in Canada, formerly informed Live Science “In reality, they remain linked all the time.”
However the 2 jaws move individually of one another, without the bony limitations that you have with human jaw hinges.
” The 2 mandibles are not signed up with at the front by a stiff [joint], as ours are, however by a flexible ligament that enables them to spread out apart,” Gregory stated.
In order to swallow snakes bigger than themselves, Live Science formerly reported, smaller sized snakes require their victim’s spines to flex in waves. That diminishes the swallowed snake’s general length, “product packaging” it to suit the predator snake’s stomach.
Initially released on Live Science