A python in Australia has a wallaby with skin and has devoured her, according to photos of a forester. The two-and-a-half-meter-long olive python took over half an hour to kill the small kangaroo and swallow it in.
Forester Paul O ‘Neil made several photos of the incident that took place in the Nitmiluk National Park near the town of Katherine. The photos are shared on Facebook by his employer Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife. O’Neil accidentally stumbled across the murderous snake on Monday morning as he began his daily tour of the park from the visitor center.
“At first I only saw a snake, but when I looked again, I realized that the animal had just killed a wallaby and was about to start a meal,” states the forester in the British newspaper The Telegraph.
The snake had to open its jaws to the maximum to be able to swallow the wallaby. “It must be the biggest prey that can swallow a snake of this size,” said O’Neil. After the meal the belly of the python was heavily swollen. “Normally it takes about 24 hours before such a bump in the body of a snake disappears,” O’Neil knows. “The food is broken down relatively quickly.”
According to Greg Smith, a snake expert at the Nitmiluk National Park, the python probably hides in the bushes after the meal. “Because with his swollen belly the snake would be very vulnerable to attack by, for example, dingos,” he explains in the British newspaper The Guardian. “The animal could probably move very slowly through the wallaby in his stomach.”
Smith is also very jealous of the forester O ‘Neil, who witnessed the snake’s meal. “He was very lucky, I would have liked to see this as a reptile fan.” The olive python is one of the largest snakes that occurs in Australia. The green-brown animal can become more than three meters long and kills its prey by slowly wrapping its body around the victim’s body.