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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Pythons in the News

Snake swallowing a sheep
From recent news, python swallowing a pregnant ewe.

Is it just me or has it been an especially interesting year for pythons? Snake

These babies are pretty big, can kill their owners, eat alligators or pregnant sheep, and even accidently consume an electric blanket, yet they can go missing! :o

I've been trying to find more pics of the python vs sheep one since only various sizes of the one above have been on the 'net and I ran into this comment on another blog:
I was in Malaysia the day this story was published so I had the opportunity to get the fuller picture, literally. The New Straits Times (NST) ran the story with 3 images of the caught reptile and it's really bizzare.

First off, would you believe that the reptile tried to escape being caught by throwing up the carcass of the pregnant ewe it had just swallowed. The published images showed very clearly the "ejected" food. Gruesome sight it is, trust me.

No mention was made as to why the reptile was caught, but the story did give a pretty clear account of how it happened. The reptile, laden with biting off more than it can chew (or rather swallow, as the NST story puts it), was coiled up in some place happily regurgitating its supper when it was pounced on by a swarm of snake catchers. In a desperate but unsuccessful attempt to escape its captors, the python promptly discarded her dinner by vomitting it out. The irony is that it was caught while lightening the load off her gut. See, the stuff came out as slowly as it went in. Tough!

Last I heard, the 20 [foot] critter is safely tucked away in some rehab point awaiting transfer to a zoo.

Moral of the story: don't get greedy. Just bite off from life what one can comfortably chew. Never stuff and swallow if you don't want to end up in one of the seven gates of hell.

Posted by: Johan Adam Wong | Thursday, September 07, 2006 at 12:04 PM
source: Timesnews.typepad.com

National Geographic Channel airs Python vs Gator on September 16th. I don't watch TV enough to pay for channels but it sounds like it'll be an interesting show according to Miami Herald. There's a movie clip there where some theories are discussed on what may happened in that gruesome python vs gator fight or explosion scene.

BTW, the python that ate the electric blanket is apparently doing well. :)

Now I realize these snakes are heavy and it's easier on a person to drape the snake over their shoulders when carrying them, but unfortunately, I am never comfortable watching people handle these things when part of the snake is wrapped around their necks or draped around their bodies. eek! :o


Semavi Lady woofed at @ 9/10/2006 12:30:00 PM | Permanent link | (2) Comments

Blogger Ron Southern sent us a woof // September 10, 2006

Eeek! indeed. I generally try to avoid animals regurgitating. I don't mind hearing about it, though. I'm just touchy, not squeamish! Glad this is somebody else's news, though!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // September 11, 2006

Imagine regurgitated critters on the road and adventurous types picking it up as "fresh" roadkill stew. :o   

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