A python in the Northern Territory of Australia has had a nice Christmas feast of wallaby.
If you get squeamish, probably best to look away now.
In the Nitmiluk National Park near Katherine, ranger Paul O’Neill caught the eye-opening action on camera after hearing a flock of birds tweeting animatedly around the grisly event.
An olive python had wrapped its coils around the joey wallaby to suffocate it, before tucking in for a rather large meal. The photos show the baby wallaby being completely consumed by the python — a meal that should sustain the python for months.
Territory Wildlife Park snake expert Greg Smith said it would take about five to seven days for the snake to digest the wallaby completely, and that it would now go and hide for at least a month.
"That is about the biggest prey item it could eat," Smith was quoted as saying in a Facebook post by Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife .
“The snake is of medium build and would probably start to hunt for more tucker within four to eight weeks," Smith added. “Some snakes will start looking for food even if they are overweight and have just eaten, but on average that meal would be sufficient to sustain that snake for at least three months.”
The olive python's diet consists of mammals, including birds, reptiles and frogs, with a wallaby being its largest prey.
It isn't uncommon to hear stories of these pythons eating wallabies whole. Back in May, The Northern Territory News reported that a woman was hosting a dinner party when the guests were surprised by a two-metre python — which took under five hours to devour an entire wallaby. The party's host had lost a baby goat to the hungry snakes on her property earlier in the year.
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