Python Eats Porcupine? Snake dies in South Africa after devouring 30-pound porcupine

Python Eats Porcupine? Snake dies in South Africa after devouring 30-pound porcupine

Python Eats Porcupine? A giant snake was found lying dead next to a cycle track after swallowing a 13.8kg porcupine, the spines of which punctured the inside of the snake.

The victim, it turned out, was a 3.9-metre-long African Rock Python which reserve staff found dead over the weekend. The porcupine, although dead too, was fully intact inside the snake’s stomach. But some of its quills were lodge inside the python’s digestive tract, report Time which published images of the snake’s bulging tummy and the porcupine corpse after reserve staff opened the python’s stomach.

According to A Moment of Science, the porcupine quills are the rodent’s hairs with protective attributes. Infections from its quills, if untreated, could be fatal. Dogs, for instance, which explore with their mouths, are at risk of quill hit that would make eating for the animal painful. In rare and severe instances, the quilled animal could die from shock.

Meanwhile, in Kruger National Park, also in South Africa, another battle for beast supremacy was captured by a photographer who shot a crocodile snapping at a warthog that got too close for comfort. The warthog was drinking out of a watering hole where the croc was swimming.

There was no winner as the warthog left the watering hole immediately, reports the New York Post. Caters News Agency identified Coen vd Berg as the lensman who captured the image of the croc snapping at the warthog.