7 Constrictor Snakes Consuming Large Animals Whole



Image: Chandan

As the coils wrapped around the animal squeeze ever tighter, so its vital force is sucked out, its eyes glazing over… It’s the falling of a final curtain we see all too clearly in the image above, which shows a sand snake with a large rodent of some kind and about to swallow its prey. “One pair of eyes has [a] glitter of joy, the other [the] gloom of death. This is nature unplugged,” says photographer, Chandan. We see what he means, yet this prey animal is small by comparison with those that are to follow…


Image: Celeste Schoeman

Python pulling itself over most of an impala’s head, the victim’s ears still exposed.

Death comes in many forms, but one of the most dramatic and disturbing is the way some snakes constrict their prey. Seeing a hapless impala or goat wrapped in the coils of a beady-eyed reptile, the life draining out of them, seems a terrible way for the animal to die, but new information suggests such a death may actually be quicker than once was thought.

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