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Typically, when we think of animal danger, we imagine it taking place in the wild, such as in the plains of Africa, where the jungle king is hunting its prey, or in Australia, where a kangaroo is fighting with another kangaroo. However, animal danger can happen anywhere.
Our ability to know how to act appropriately when coming face to face with a wild animal is paramount to our safety. Most animals will leave us alone. However, if provoked, it could have a very different outcome.
Reticulated Python Sighting
The short YouTube clip at the top of this blog post takes us to the faraway land of the side of the road in Florida. No, but for real, this is where our action happens! The Peeper Loves Animals YouTube page shared this video. Their channel is described as the “glorified reposter” of various animals, such as ducks, bears, dogs, sea lions, and birds.
Python Strangling Its Prey
One user comments that this video takes place in Florida. While most pythons are the Burmese pythons in this state, there are also some reticulated pythons in southeast Florida near Miami and Fort Lauderdale, according to the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.)
As the video starts, we see this massive reticulated python has already completed its hunt of this small deer, but a large deer compared to this python. It is in the process of constricting its prey. The College of the Atlantic states that these pythons “coil around their prey and squeeze them until they’re dead in just a couple minutes.”
An angry driver pops out and grabs a large branch to keep his distance. He then begins to smack the python repeatedly. This makes the python so angry it uncoils itself and flees into the woods, releasing its prey. This story could have ended very differently for this angry driver. While this driver was trying to do a good deed, this python could have easily attacked and killed this man.
What Do Reticulated Pythons Eat?
Reticulated pythons (Malayopython reticulatus) of the genus Malayopython are carnivores that enjoy a variety of prey, such as birds, fish, and rats. However, they are also known to prey on larger animals such as deer, wild boar, and different primates.
The reticulated python is most famous for being the largest snake in the world. These pythons can reach up to incredible lengths of 20 feet. However impressive this is, what is also astonishing is their ability to open their mouths 180 degrees. The video posted at the top is a prime example of this, where this python could swallow this animal whole.
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