A video footage of a huge carpet python struggling to eat its prey is recently going viral on the Internet. It was uploaded by Tony Morrison, a reputed snake catcher from Brisbane, Australia, who has seen the horrendous moment with his own two eyes.
The 35-second clip showed the snake entangling a dead bat and trying to swallow it whole. But, according to Tony’s Facebook post, it couldn’t get past its prey’s sharp talons and large wings.
The wrestle went on for about half an hour, until the predator finally gave up and let go of its meal to the ground.
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As much as it was frightening, Tony said that carpet pythons are not a threat to humans. These creatures are commonly found in the area, but the snake catcher decided it better for the animal to be moved to a safer place.
“We eventually moved the snake down the road into bushland, because it was in an area where kids would cross to get to school.”
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According to Australian zoo, small carpet pythons like to hunt lizards, while big ones, like the aforementioned animal and also prefers to eat mammals and birds. They also hunt rats. Since they are non-venomous, they kill their prey by strangling them to death and swallowing them whole after. Its hunting abilities are dependent on its sensitive pits on their upper and lower lips, enabling them to detect their prey’s body heat.
The non-venomous python, which has body patterns of patchy black and yellow, grows up to 2 metres to four meters in length. They are mostly active at night, but they also usually hang around during the day coiled up in a tree or in an open area.
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