pesco at March 3rd, 2014 12:10 — #1
jorpho at March 3rd, 2014 12:40 — #2
pesco at March 3rd, 2014 12:55 — #3
Ha! Thanks for posting that.
wrecksdart at March 3rd, 2014 13:11 — #4
So, given that the python (shudder) isn't venemous, how does it go about subduing a freakin gator/croc?
nashrambler at March 3rd, 2014 13:17 — #5
Same way all pythons' do it; they coil and squeeze their prey to death, so that their internal organs and bones are crushed, or they merely cannot breathe and are smothered. One jaw-unhinge later, and it's down the hatch.
pauldavis at March 3rd, 2014 13:23 — #6
I do not understand how a python (or any animal, really) can produce enzymes that will break down the hide of something like a crocodile in any reasonable period. Anyone got any quick clues?
japhroaig at March 3rd, 2014 13:42 — #7
At some points in my life I've thought, "wouldn't it be cool if there were real monsters, like enormous dangerous reptiles in the world?". I will never ask that question again.
dweller_below at March 3rd, 2014 13:47 — #8
All hail Mother Nature and Her endless wisdom. Those who Wait and Listen can hear her gentle song...
In this case, it is shouting: "Stay the HELL out of Australia!"
vrplumber at March 3rd, 2014 14:11 — #9
Indiana Jones would not approve.
wrecksdart at March 3rd, 2014 14:13 — #10
Yes, yes, but I'm wondering how the python actually gets into that position around a such an animal, given the compressive strength of a croc/gator's jaws.
Well, here we go--To The Tube!
muratgu at March 3rd, 2014 14:24 — #11
The problem is they are risking being injured or killed, so they have to be judicious.
A judicious snake is a deadly snake.
jandrese at March 3rd, 2014 14:24 — #12
"Reasonable period" in this case may be on the order of a month or more. Snakes are slow digesters.
pauldavis at March 3rd, 2014 14:39 — #13
even so ... chitins and the rest? that will really break down in the gut of a python to let the innards be available? amazing.
l_mariachi at March 3rd, 2014 15:01 — #14
A dead crocodile left out by itself for a week would rot enough to allow access to innards. Granted, it would have help from plenty of insects and microorganisms, but it’s not like a python’s gut is more sterile than outside.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some animals even typically have symbiotic macroorganisms — worms or what have you — populating their guts, helping them break down tough food.
nashrambler at March 3rd, 2014 16:04 — #15
Well, I do know that pythons have some pretty interesting digestive systems; they put a lot of energy into breaking down whatever they've eaten and they take their time doing it. All those squeezing muscles just crush and pulp - like a living Chinese finger trap. Just throwing a disgusting theory out there, but I'd say that the bones of whatever was in the creature they ate would eventually poke holes in the skin/hide with all the squeezing, allowing the snake digestive juices inside and, eventually, the snake poops out whatever couldn't be digested. I.e. your suitcase material, croc teeth, bones, spare change. Eh, we need a herpetologist up in the hizzie.
phasmafelis at March 3rd, 2014 17:29 — #16
I don't get it. "2000 pounds of pressure per square inch," so how come the snake isn't visibly injured at all?
jandrese at March 3rd, 2014 17:51 — #17
I don't think the Gator was going all out there. He was trying to send a message to the snake. He also didn't do a deathroll, which you would expect if he was trying to actually kill it.
soitbegins at March 3rd, 2014 18:18 — #18
I hear Python beats C, too.
jim_r at March 3rd, 2014 19:11 — #20
- Stomach acid;
The croc's scales are made of keratin. Not much chitin in the vertebrate family. And given enough time, even teeth will succumb to the acid treatment, though they may also simply be smoothed, sort-of 'tumbled', and passed on through.
I have no idea whether extremophile bacteria participate or not. Or whether they go along for the ride.
dan_tobias at March 3rd, 2014 19:32 — #21
There's already a SyFy movie about this... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1680138/
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