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.
From left to right you can see the alligators skull, torso, limbs and tail, sat snuggly inside the snakes abdomen.
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.
On day 3 we can start to see the alligators soft tissue being broken down and digested.
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.
By the sixth day nearly the whole of the alligator has been broken down.
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.
Sources: iflscience and images from Dr. Stephen Secor and Dr. Scott White