Monthly Archives: September 2015

This Is What A Giant Python Eating A Kingfisher Looks Like

They say you’re supposed to chew your food before you swallow: an age old piece of advice that this ravenous python appears to have ignored.

These incredible pictures show the moment a large python spent half-an-hour trying to wolf down a kingfisher in one gulp.

If you’ve never seen a python devour its prey before, it’s quite a sight to behold – especially after digestion.

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The ravenous snake caught the bird in Kruger National Park, South Africa, when it was hunting for dinner up in the trees.

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Attempting to figure out the best way to devour the brightly coloured bird, the reptile constricted the poor bird before positioning its body to ensure the best angle for entry.

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Contrary to popular belief that their jaws can dislocate, Pythons instead have extremely elastic jaws which allow them to spread their mouth wide when consuming large prey.

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Observing proper table manners, pythons take their time when swallowing food, savouring ever last morsel and slathering it with saliva sauce.

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With the bulk of the kingfisher’s body swallowed, the snake compresses its own vertebral column into a series of concertina-like waves to force the bird in its mouth, all in one go.


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It may have eyes bigger than its belly, but once the python figured out how to get the bird down its throat, the entire meal was over in seconds.

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The pictures were captured by UK photographer David Bough, who spotted the python snake in the tree while on a safari at Lake Panic in the Kruger National Park.

He said: “Lake Panic always seems to deliver fantastic viewing opportunities.

“We had been told that there was a python somewhere near the hide and had been there for an hour or so and not seen it, but then we managed to catch a glimpse.

“We watched for about an hour and a half as the young Python worked out the best way to eat such a large snack, folding the head and beak back over the body to enable it to devour the bird.”



Henry Sapiecha

I fought the python and the python won.Qld Australia

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A NASTY encounter with a python has left a snake catcher bloody and bruised.

The python bit Lockyer Valley-based snake catcher Andrew Smedley 10 times.

Mr Smedley was called to a house in Esk to reports of a “big snake”.

Those reports proved spot on.

“Usually when people say they have a big snake I don’t take much notice because half the time they exaggerate a bit,” he said.

“Well, when I went to this job as soon as I saw it I thought ‘this python has come from a good paddock’.”

Mr Smedley cornered the python in a green-house – a move he may now regret.

He was bit about 10 times on the arm, leaving his several deep cuts.

“I almost fell and snapped a few bones,” he said.

“I got the snake eventually but only after it hammered me about 10 times.

“Big snake!

“My right arm is a bit stiff.”


Henry Sapiecha

A Pit Viper’s Sixth Sense on video

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Green tree vipers can kill in the dark. With special heat-sensing abilities, they can find prey that’s all but invisible
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Boa Constrictors Kill By Stopping Blood Circulation

The popular belief that boas and other constricting snakes deal death by suffocation seems to be a flawed assumption

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Snakes aren’t kind killers, often pumping prey full of toxins or swallowing still-living victims whole. Boas and other constrictors, however, prefer a more intimate approach: They lock their victims in a deadly embrace, crushing the life out of them before feeding. Popular lore says that constrictor victims succumb to death by suffocation, but while this theory has been questioned as far back as the 1920s, the assumption hasn’t been verified in scientific tests.

Now, lab experiments reveal that constrictors most likely dole out death by stopping their prey’s blood flow, depriving the heart and brain of that vital fluid. Animals trapped in such a death grip would pass out and die within minutes, according to a study published this week in The Journal of Experimental Biology.

The death-by-suffocation hypothesis probably stems from the fact that a rat or rabbit caught in a constrictor’s coils looks as if it is gasping for air. But the speed at which its life is snuffed out tells a different story, says lead author Scott Boback, a herpetologist at Dickinson College.

Boback and his colleagues anesthetized 24 rats, which they offered up to 9 boa constrictors—some wild-caught in Belize, and others captive-bred. Before sacrificing the rodents, the researchers inserted ECG electrodes and catheters into the animals’ bodies so they could monitor heart rate and blood pressure data throughout the crushing process.

The researchers were surprised to observe that blood circulation dropped by half within six seconds of the snakes wrapping their coils around the rats. Over the next minute, the rats’ hearts began beating erratically, causing “severe impacts on cardiovascular function,” the researchers write.

By the end of a six-minute period, more than 90 percent of the rats suffered likely irreversible heart damage and died. The rats, however, would not have known this. Had they been conscious, Boback thinks they would have passed out moments after the squeezing began due to lack of blood flow to the heart and brain.

The results show that constrictors’ prey die much too quickly for suffocation—which likely takes minutes, not seconds, to be the culprit. “The interesting thing about our findings is that there were a number of physiological failures that were all occurring simultaneously in constricted rats,” Boback says in an email. These include decreasing pressure in the animals’ arteries, increasing pressure in their veins and blood that was high in potassium and acidity. “Each one of these failures could have caused death in the animals,” he continues. “The fact that all of them were occurring at the same time is pretty remarkable and significant for the rats.”

Still, if your fate is to be a snake’s dinner, the relatively quick death delivered by constriction seems almost preferable to being swallowed alive or injected with lethal venom, which starts digesting an animal’s tissues before it is dead, or else causes uncontrolled internal bleeding or clotting. As Boback says in a statement: “By understanding the mechanisms of how constriction kills, we gain a greater appreciation for the efficiency of this behavior.” (5)

Henry Sapiecha

Horrified tourists watch as crocodiles eat man

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A group of crocodiles ate a man. Source: Getty Images

A GROUP of British tourists were enjoying a sunset cruise along the beautiful Zambezi River when they saw something they will never forget — for all the wrong reasons.

Their dream trip along the river, which lies between Zimbabwe and Zambia, quickly turned into horror when they witnessed a grisly act. Having spotted several crocodiles devouring something from a distance, they got closer only to discover it was actually the bottom half of a person.

“All there was to see of him was his trousers,” a local source who did not wish to be named told the UK’s Telegraph.

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Crocodiles along the Zambezi River. Source: Getty Images

“We have had no information about anyone missing from villages around us, so we don’t think the man was a local.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe conservationist Trevor Lane from the Bhejane Trust confirmed to the African Times Live that they saw “the bottom half of a human”.

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Tourists regularly cruise the Zambezi River, but it is also used by poachers. 

“We strongly suspect it was a poacher … Maybe he was wounded and tried to swim across the river.”

Just two days earlier rangers had tried to capture a group of 13 poachers believed to be in the area.

The group alerted authorities but there were no remains by the time they arrived at the scene.

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The Zambezi River is one of the largest rivers in Africa


Henry Sapiecha

A Python Died After Eating A Porcupine And These Photos Are Incredible

Ever spot something cool while you were on a bike ride? Probably nothing quite as interesting as this massive python that was spotted by a cyclist on June 14th. The snake, engorged nearly to the point of immobility by a mystery animal that bulged in its gut, was spotted next to a trail in the Lake Eland Game Reserve in South Africa.

The cyclist uploaded photos of the snake to social media.

This pic, and others, generated a lot of curiosity from locals. The snake drew lots of visitors to the park, to gawk and wonder what it could have possibly swallowed.

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The python was thirteen feet long.

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Believe it or not, that’s just over half as long as they can grow under perfect conditions. They’re capable of growing up to twenty-three feet long. They can also live up to twenty-five years. Even so, it’s unbelievable how wide the python can expand when consuming. That’s one fat snake!

People speculated about what it could have eaten.

Some guessed that it had swallowed a young impala (the animal, not the car). Others thought it might have been a warthog. When I first saw these images, the best thing I could come up with was a baby deer. We were all wrong… very wrong. Something no one would of guessed.

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Researchers found its body, and here prepare to dissect it.

It was found dead beneath a rocky ledge. Chances are, it fell off the ledge and was internally damaged by its former meal. They were eager to discover what kind of prize lay within it. Although it may appear that the snake bit off more than it could chew (so to speak), the snake’s body can accommodate this kind of mass without pain.

The mystery meal ended up being an enormous porcupine.

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After a slit is cut with a razor, the snake’s distended flesh peels back to reveal the partially-digested corpse of a very large porcupine. The brown objects appear to be vertebrae. Yet, even at this stage, you really can’t tell what that thing is… To me it still looks like a lump of flesh with thick fur.

The porcupine weighed thirty pounds.

Believe it or not, that’s not really that huge for a Cape porcupine. The really big ones can grow to be over fifty pounds.

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Pythons are actually known to eat porcupines.

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Though you wouldn’t think it, porcupines are regular prey animals for pythons. Although it was possible that the undigested quills punctured its internal organs and killed it, the most likely scenario is that the force of the snake’s fall from the rocky ledge led to internal wounds. Who would of thought your meal would end up killing you?


Henry Sapiecha




A Lioness Captures A Baby Baboon And Does The Last Thing You’d Expect

Nature can be a brutal place, but sometimes the unexpected behaviour of animals can shock us all.

This is the moment a lioness grabbed a female baboon by the scruff of the neck while her baby clung onto her limp body.

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With the mother baboon now dead, the baby attempted to make a break for the tree, but was too weak to climb.

The lioness watched in disbelief, seemingly eyeing up her next snack.

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Things looked bad for the tiny monkey, who looked as if he was about to be gobbled up by the bloodthirsty lioness.

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But remarkably, just as it looked as if the lioness was about to take a fatal swipe, something incredible happened.

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The lioness started playing with the baboon and, after a while, picked up the tiny primate softly in her mouth before settling down with the baby between her paws.

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Then, in a strange behavioural twist, the baboon started to try and suckle the lioness.

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The baby was safe, for now, as the lioness was as gentle and tender as the baboon was unafraid.

But then, just as it seemed the ordeal was over, something even more remarkable happened.

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Two male lions arrived on the scene to examine the baboon, but were met with aggression by the lioness, who chased them away in an unexpected show of compassion.

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However, during the fracas, a male baboon – who had been watching from a nearby tree – saw an opportunity to save the baby from the clutches of the lions.

He swooped down undetected and whisked the baby to safety in the tree tops.

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Back safely in the trees, the father cuddled the baby after his heroic rescue mission.


Henry Sapiecha