By Jasmine Kazlauskas
This is the horrifying moment a huge hungry PYTHON devours a large possum in an Australian backyard.
Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie was called out to a home on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, early Wednesday morning [13 MAY] after the residents spotted the carpet python slithering along their roof.
But on arrival, the 30-year-old was shocked to see the 6.5ft snake dangling from their roof with a large ring-tailed possum hanging from its mouth.
So as not to disturb the python’s meal, Stuart waited for an hour to allow the snake to finish ingesting the possum – which is when he decided to snap some photos and film an incredible time-lapse video.
He said: “I got a call out from a residence after the saw the python on their back patio roof and heard a bit of a commotion.
“When I arrived it was dangling there from the roof with the possum in its mouth.
“I realised it had only just started it’s meal so I knew then I had to wait for it to finish eating.
“I knew if I tried to take it away right at that moment, it would likely drop its food and not want to eat it again.
“It’s just nature so the best result is that the snake gets it food as it is already dead.
“It took about an hour to eat it completely, so I just sat with the residents while we watched and waited for it to be done with its meal.
“The people at the home were very good about it and were pretty intrigued by the whole thing.”
According to National Geographic, pythons wrap themselves around their prey and crush it to death before swallowing their food whole – with their jaws being able to unlock to stretch around larger creatures.
After the snake had finished devouring the possum, Stuart transported it from the home and released it into nearby bushland so the python could digest its meal in peace.
Stuart added: “We got him back into the bush a long way away from homes.
“He will have found a nice and warm spot to stay warm and digest that huge meal over the next week.”