Watch First-Ever of Python Swallowing Iguana. Python, from the Greek word, is a genus of nonvenomous Pythonidae found in Africa and Asia. A member of this genus, is among the longest snake species and extant reptiles in the world.
Python Swallowing Iguana
In Africa, members of the genus are found in the tropics south of the Sahara.
Pythons are carnivores, eating mostly small mammals and birds. But exceptionally large pythons may search for larger food items like pigs or goats. They have poor eyesight, so instead they stalk prey using chemical receptors in their tongues and heat-sensors along their jaws.
Iguana is a genus of herbivorous lizards that are native to tropical areas of Mexico. Two species are included in the genus Iguana: the green iguana.
Iguanas can range from 1.5 to 1.8 metres (5 to 6 ft) in length, including their tail. The two species of lizard within the genus Iguana possess a dewlap. A row of spines running down their backs to their tails, and a tiny “third eye” on their heads. This light-sensing organ is known as the parietal eye, visible as a pale scale on the top of the head, and cannot make out details, just brightness. Behind their necks are small scales which resemble spokes, known as tuberculate scales. These scales may be a variety of colors and are not always visible from close distances.
But the next morning, they discovered “a gigantic rock submerged in a swamp”. A sated, swollen python that clearly had eaten something large. The python had, in fact, ambushed the Iguana and constricted it before it could get away. The python attacked the Iguana as it wandered through a drainage area in search of an afternoon resting spot.
Fortunately, the python did not snack on one of their research subjects; its prey was likely a newcomer male seeking out a new clan before he met his untimely end.
“For the Iguana, I would say this python had to be perfect,” says Kowalski.