Chalk in the global fight between pythons and crocodiles one for the snakes. A grisly new series of photos shows an Olive Python (19459007] Liasis olivaceus ) abrading an Australian freshwater crocodile ( Crocodylus johnstoni ).
The photos are from GG Wildlife Rescue Inc., a nonprofit organization in Australia, which posted it on their Facebook page on May 31
Pythons are known for their ambitious diet. The big snakes were found with the remains of everything – from roe deer larger than themselves and impalas to prickly porcupines – in their bellies. These snakes also enjoy eating each other, as observed in Western Australia in May. In very rare cases, some python species even attack and eat humans.
It is also known that pythons come into contact with crocodiles and alligators. In an infamous case in 2005, a Burmese python in Florida's Everglades National Park was blown up and found dead, with an American alligator ( alligator mississippiensis ) jutting out of the gut. Burmese pythons ( Python bivittatus ), up to 5.74 meters long, are an invasive species in Florida.
The olive python, however, is native to Australia and can only be found there. This species can grow up to 4 meters long. Clashes with the "Freshies" of Australia (the local nickname for freshwater crocodiles) are widespread. In 2014, an olive python video recording was taken in which a freshwater crocodile was killed and eaten at Lake Moondarra near Mount Isa. In this case, it took five hours for the snake to slowly clamp its jaw around the narrowed crocodile.
Pythons, thanks to their elastic jaws, are able to produce amazing sips. The lower jaw bones of the snakes are divided into two parts, which are connected by an elastic band, which allows the bones to spread. When a prey animal is subject in a python, the snake first "walks" over it, a process called a pterygoid walk. Then the snake uses its jaw to cling to the prey as it compresses its muscles and slithers around the muffled animal until the meal is devoured.
Pythons also have a number of genetic adaptations that help them to digest huge meals at once. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013, found that Burmese pythons rapidly change their metabolism after eating and even increase the size of their internal organs (including the gut, pancreas, heart and kidneys) to cope with the influx of calories.
Originally published on Live Science .