There is nothing that scares me more in this world than snakes. Even pet snakes scare me! I used to work as a veterinary technician and the only way I could handle snakes was if someone handed it to me. I would chicken out trying to pick it up myself because I just can’t read their intentions in their eyes like I can with a dog or a cat. Can you imagine running across a snake in the wild that is almost 10 feet long? I’m pretty sure I would have screamed seeing this one! However, this Queensland, Australia couple ran across a Carpet Python hanging from a tree eating the largest bat I have ever seen! I didn’t even know bats could get that big! To tell the truth, I kind of like bats and I felt sorry for this one.
Carpet Pythons are said to be pretty submissive, but they are enthusiastic eaters, as you can see here. I don’t care how laid back this big snake is, I would stay far away from it knowing it loves to eat. I think the couple who took these photos are pretty safe though since this particular python is currently occupied.
This bat is most likely already dead since pythons are constrictors and suffocate their prey by wrapping themselves around them so tightly they can’t breath and they die. Yet another reason I don’t like snakes, they are so strong and a python this big would have no problem asphyxiating a human!
Mille Stoevring, the person behind the pictures, said it took over 30 minutes for this snake to swallow the ginormous bat!
She said, “It was fascinating to watch it making its way over the bat’s body.”
The longest Carpet Python in record was just under 13 feet long! The bat he is devouring is known as a Flying Fox and they are one of the largest bats in the world and their wingspan can be over 10 feet long! A fitting meal for a giant serpent!
Mille Stoevring said, “It was just amazing to see the snake’s mouth square as it tried to somehow fit the edged parts of the bat in,” and she also described that it laid vertically against the branch after it had finished consuming its winged meal and you could see the bones of the bat stretching the skin of the snake.
Not only did they capture some photographs of the gruesome sight, but they caught it on film too!
I’m not sure if I would have stuck around that long after coming upon this huge snake. The only good snake is a dead one, and even then they are dangerous! I would be worried that while I was watching one snake enjoying its meal, that a second snake would be sneaking up behind us to start a meal of its own. I’m not sure I could survive in Australia since they not only have some of the most poisonous snakes and spiders found in the world, but some of the largest as well! You don’t need poison when you are built to suffocate anything unlucky enough to cross your path!
Would you start recording if you came across this or run the other way like I would?