Python That Swallowed A Cow Killed In Delta State (Photos)

 



The African rock python has been killed by some volunteers in Delta State after they discovered it had swallowed a cow whole. The python is considered as one of the biggest snakes in the world and its body is thick and covered with coloured blotches, often joining up in a broad, irregular stripe.

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The African rock python is non-venomous and kills by constriction.  After gripping the prey, the snake coils around it, tightening its coils every time the victim breathes out. Death is thought to be caused by cardiac arrest rather than by asphyxiation or crushing. The African rock python feeds on a variety of large rodents, monkeys, warthogs, antelopes, vultures, fruit bats, monitor lizards, crocodiles, and more in forest areas and on rats, poultry, dogs, and goats in suburban areas. It will sometimes take fish as well.

Occasionally, it may eat the cubs of big cats such as leopards, lions, and cheetahs, cubs of hyenas, and puppies of wild dogs such as jackals and Cape hunting dogs . However, these encounters are very rare, as the adult cats can easily kill pythons or fend them off.

 On March 1, 2017, a 3.9-m (12-ft. 10-in) African rock python was filmed eating a small adult female spotted hyena weighing 50 kg (120 lb). This encounter suggests that the snake might very well be capable of hunting and killing larger and more dangerous animals than previously thought. The largest ever recorded meal of any snake was when a 4.9m African Rock Python consumed a 59-kg impala.[Wikipedia]

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