Ever wonder what might happen if a python ate a porcupine? Well, wonder no more, you’ll get the answer as you read thru.
Recently, an enormous python feasted on a porcupine and however, it didn’t live to brag about it!
On June 14, a cyclist riding along one of the mountain bike trails at the Lake Eland Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, spotted this engorged snake. At first, no one knew what the snake had eaten, but it was obvious that it ate something fairly large. Park rangers suspected the python feasted on a small warthog or a baby impala.
But less than a week after (June 20), this giant snake died after swallowing a 30lb porcupine – which punctured its insides with its razor-sharp quills.The 12.8 ft (3.9 meters) African rock python was found lying beneath the rocky ledge. Its innards had been lacerated by dozens of quills from the porcupine while trying to digest its meal.
Believe it or not, pythons and other snakes do sometimes eat porcupines. However, many snakes end up regretting their choice of snack.
A study published in 2003 in the Phyllomedusa Journal of Herpetology found that a porcupine’s quills can pierce all the way through a hungry snake’s body.
On the other hand, it wasn’t actually clear if this python’s spiky meal was responsible for its death. But according to the rangers who found the snake underneath a rocky ledge, where it had apparently fell, they say that due to the impact, the quills inside its engorged belly may have pierced the python’s digestive tract, which could have killed it.