By Taniya Dutta
This is the gut-wrenching moment a 13-foot-long Rock Python regurgitates a whole stray dog it had swallowed near an Indian forest.
The harrowing moments were captured by a local wildlife enthusiast near a forest area in Udaipur in Rajasthan.
In the gruesome video shot on a mobile phone camera, the massive python is seen struggling and vomiting out the dog that it had swallowed whole.
The man who shot the video said: “On Wednesday morning, we were going on a rescue and on the way we saw some people disturbing a 13ft long Indian Rock Python that had eaten something. As we reached closer to the reptile, it was spilling out the kill which was a street dog.
“Python takes almost half an hour to swallow and they can swallow the prey more than its diameter because the jaw bones are not connected.
“But they regurgitate when they eat something they put all their energy in swallowing the food and sense a predator is nearby. By regurgitating the prey as soon as possible, the reptiles collect the energy and move away.”
There have been several cases of python preying on goats and dogs in the recent past in Indian villages and snake experts believe the excessive deforestation is leading to serious imbalance in local ecological system forcing the reptiles and other wild animals to come closer to human habitat.