How is a python able to swallow prey larger than its own head?
- Pythons are constrictors, which means they kill their prey by squeezing.
- Since snakes cannot chew or tear into their food, they must swallow prey whole.
- During feeding, a python can push its windpipe out of its mouth.
- It takes a python around a week to digest a meal as large as an antelope.
Lurking beneath the surface of this watering hole is one of the largest types of snake in the world: a 6 metre-long python.
It’s hunting but it doesn’t waste energy by chasing its prey.
Instead, the snake lurks just out of sight, watching and waiting for an opportunity to launch a …
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