Python, from the Greek word, is a genus of nonvenomous Pythonidae found in Africa and Asia. Until recently, people recognised seven extant species. However, they promoted three subspecies and recognised a new species. A member of this genus is among the longest snake species and extant reptiles in the world.
In Africa, members of the genus are found in the tropics south of the Sahara, but not in the extreme south-western tip of southern Africa or in Madagascar. In Asia, they found from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, including the Nicobar Islands, through Myanmar, east to Indochina, southern China, Hong Kong and Hainan, as well as in the Malayan region of Indonesia and the Philippines.
Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia. Despite their low diversity, hyenas are unique and vital components of most African ecosystems.
These two species rarely meet and fight with each other. One morning in the Timbavati Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park I was on a morning game drive when my guide got word of a leopard in the area.
We heard the impala alarm sound. However, when we reached the impala, we found that the call had gone off because an enormous python (roughly 4 to 4.5 metres in length) had caught the impala and was busy constricting it.
We watched for a few minutes before a hyena arrived on the scene. The hyena slowly moved closer to the python to inspect what was happening. To our amazement it then sunk its teeth into the impala and ripped it right from the python’s grip.
The hyena ran away with the impala and disappeared into the surrounding bush. While the python slithered off underneath a large tree. I have seen hyena stealing prey before but never from a python. I have never even heard of such a thing.
As an aspiring photographer, nothing could have pleased me more than to have captured such a remarkable event on camera. At that moment, I had just witnessed a rare occurrence and yet another wonder of the awe-inspiring bushveld.
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Posted by Wild Animal World on Saturday, December 16, 2017