Watch How A Python Break Down An Alligator Inside Its Tummy In These X-ray Images

Watch How A Python Break Down An Alligator Inside Its Tummy In These X-ray Images

Witness the amazing x-ray images of a python digesting an alligator.  You can literally see it being broken down into pieces day by day.

 

Day 1

From left to right you can see the alligators skull, torso, limbs and tail, sat snuggly inside the snakes abdomen.

Watch How A Python Break Down An Alligator Inside Its Tummy In These X-ray Images

Day 2

Although it may look like not much is happening, by day 2 the snakes heart, small intestine, liver and kidneys have increased anywhere from a third larger to double their size in order to help digest this enormous meal.

Watch How A Python Break Down An Alligator Inside Its Tummy In These X-ray Images

Day 3

On day 3 we can start to see the alligators soft tissue being broken down and digested.

Watch How A Python Break Down An Alligator Inside Its Tummy In These X-ray Images

Day 4

By increasing their organ size, pythons are able to quickly digest their meals before they rot. By day 4, not much is left but the tough skin and skeleton.

Watch How A Python Break Down An Alligator Inside Its Tummy In These X-ray Images

Day 5

Watch How A Python Break Down An Alligator Inside Its Tummy In These X-ray Images

Day 6

By the sixth day nearly the whole of the alligator has been broken down.

Watch How A Python Break Down An Alligator Inside Its Tummy In These X-ray Images

Day 7

All gone! That must have been one hungry snake. So there you have it, not only can these incredible creatures swallow a meal bigger than itself, it can break it down and digest it in just 7 days too.

Watch How A Python Break Down An Alligator Inside Its Tummy In These X-ray Images

 

 

Sources: iflscience and images from  Dr. Stephen Secor and Dr. Scott White

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