Giant Snake died after eating a huge spiky meal that punctured his stomach

Snakes will devour anything they can, even if it is larger than them or even its own kind. But there is one particular snake who eats itself to death, as it devoured the wrong meal.

The bloated 13ft African rock python was found dead with dozens of quills from the spiky 2st porcupine piercing its belly.

Greedy python dies after eating enormous porcupine
Greedy python dies after eating enormous porcupine


When this snake decided a plump porcupine would make a nice meal, it clearly did not anticipate his food would be having its revenge.

This bloated 13ft African rock python ate itself to death after its innards were punctured with dozens of quills from the spiky 2st rodent.

This giant snake died after swallowing a 30 lbs. porcupine. It was discovered by a mountain biker, beneath a rocky ledge lying next to a cycle track at Lake Eland Game Reserve, near Port Shepstone, South Africa.

Its innards had been lacerated by dozens of quills from the porcupine while trying to digest its meal. Reserve managers found it python dead beneath a rocky ledge, where it had been trying to digest its final meal.

According to Jennifer Fuller, Reserve General Manager, the exact reasons for the snake's death are not clear.
It is apparent that several porcupine quills were lodged inside the digestive tract. It had fallen off the rocky ledge.


We don't know if it died beforehand, or whether the fall drove some of the quills into its digestive tract.
She added.

Whereas some predators will be warned off by the visual threat displays of a porcupine, many snake species rely on thermal or chemical sensory mechanisms to ambush prey at night.

This means the python did not see the threat of the porcupine's spike and devoured it, until it's too late. This means they often do not see the spikes until it is too late.


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