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Python Eats Porcupine, Instantly Regrets It After Quills Pierce Innards

By    |   Monday, 29 Jun 2015 09:06 AM

A python made the mistake of eating a porcupine earlier this month in South Africa and park rangers later found the snake dead after the prickly creature's spikes punctured its innards.

It happened on June 14 when cyclist Jean-Claude Chanu from Johannesburg spotted the swollen python at Lake Eland Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal and took pictures of it, according to LiveScience.com.

"No one knew at first what the snake had eaten; just that it must have been something fairly large," the website noted. "Park rangers suspected the python feasted on a small warthog or a baby impala."

Chanu told eHowzit that he was stunned by the size of the snake and more curious about what it had eaten.



"It was an incredible sight," he said. "Seeing a snake of that size up close, eating whatever it was eating, was surreal. I've seen a lot of things and have cycled over a few unsighted small snakes before during rides, but I've never seen anything like that."

Photos of the big-bellied snake became a social media sensation of sorts in South Africa with pictures of the python getting more than 600 shares on the Lake Eland Game Reserve Facebook page.

But the python was found dead by park rangers a few days later on June 20 near the same bike trail it was first spotted on, according to LiveScience.com. When rangers cut open the snake, they found that he had actually ingested a 30-pound porcupine.

Jennifer Fuller, general manager at the game reserve, told LiveScience.com that it appeared that the snake had fallen off a rocky ledge and the porcupine's quills had pierced the python's digestive tract on impact, possibly killing it.

"The exact reasons for the snake's death are not clear," Fuller told Australia's News.com. "We don't know if it died beforehand, or whether the fall drove some of the quills into its digestive tract."

The reserve broke the news to those following the adventures of the snake on Facebook.
 

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A python made the mistake of eating a porcupine earlier this month in South Africa and park rangers later found the snake dead after the prickly creature's spikes punctured its innards.
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