Snakes, of course, are some of the most mysterious creatures on the planet, snakes can mortally bite or horrify by completely swallowing small animals before our very eyes. The largest of these slinking, creeping predators are rare boas, and pythons, which can reach lengths of up to 26 feet or eight meters.
In 2008, it was reported that a python swallowed a 54-year-old resident of the Indonesian island of Muna. The giant snake was first spotted with an incredibly swollen belly and next to it a pair of empty sandals.
When the reptile was finally subdued and killed, the Indonesian's body was removed from this false womb of death. For biologist Ian Bartosek, this is a record ratio between the weight of a hunter and its victim.
Just how snakes managed to swallow such large creatures, well, we'll talk about that a little later, but let's talk about the ancient serpents that could swallow much much larger animals than their modern descendants. To them, dinner would be little more than a light snack. Some of them, according to scientists, preferred dinosaurs for dinner. At least such a dish was probably part of the diet of a snake.
The first remains of a dinosaur caught in the embrace of this snake were found back in 1987, but at the time it wasn't possible to separate the skeletons from each other. This was accomplished only recently.
Sometime after 1987, archaeologists discovered two more skeletons of these devilish snakes located next to their victims, which were found to be once again dinosaurs. Scientists have suggested that sonnet J could swallow small dinosaurs weighing up to 50 kilograms as well as their children and their eggs.
It should be noted that this predator snake itself was no serpent. King Kong Sana Jay reached a length of only 11 and a half feet, or 3.5 meters, and weighed between 22 and 44 pounds, or about 10 to 20 kilograms.
For example, the giant snake called "Gigantofis" that lived in what is now modern-day Africa and South Asia reached a whopping 33 feet or 10 meters in length and weighed up to 100 pounds, which is about 500 kilograms or half a metric ton.
However, none of the ancient giants could compare with another representative of this bewildering reptile.
This heavy-weight Titanoboa was named by scientists because it could easily kill any prey it saw, squeezing it with such incredible force of more than 400 pounds per square inch or 280 kilograms per square meter that the victim had no chance. Hugs are approximately equal to being under the pressure of one and a half Brooklyn bridges.
It's clear that for such a massive predator, prey in the form of the ancestors of modern gophers and squirrels just really wasn't all that interesting. For example, the ancient snake could easily have hugged the giant lizard in the tightest of embraces. If you think otherwise, write your conjectures and hypotheses in the comments below.
But unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for them, these two creatures never met. For example, the mirror ethereum or the bear aetherium, ancestors of modern elephants, helped the mega snake to merge with the environment, most likely helping the mega snake to catch its quarry.
For example, a boa feasts after strangling or squeezing the life out of an animal. The snake opens its mouth and begins to swallow the individual. The lower jaw of the boa is attached at the top by extremely malleable and movable ligaments that can stretch up to 20 inches in diameter.
Additionally, the heart rate of this slinky reptile increases and its stomach fills with an enormous amount of acid and enzymes.
Furthermore, snakes are able to swallow not only large ordinary prey but even larger specimens of their own kind. Kingsnakes, for example, can kill and devour rat snakes with bodies that are often 20% larger than their own.
Snakes first break the backbones of their brothers and sisters, then fold them up like an accordion. This allows the larger reptile to fit into the stomach of the smaller, shorter snake, achieving such an incredible and gruesome result. These reptilian predators are helped by the presence of the rings that are formed during the enveloping and constricting of their prey.
These reptiles squeeze with such force that they can easily stop the blood from circulating in the body of a healthy human being with their terrifying jaws. apparatus. In the absence of dinosaurs, modern snakes can easily swallow the modern-day peers of the ancient giant lizards that were crocodiles, alligators, and caimans.
Biologists at the University of Alabama in the United States took x-rays of one of these gluttons gobbling up a young alligator. The resulting film shows that, over the course of three days, the python digested most of the soft tissues and many of the alligators.
After eating such an enormous meal, the python remains satiated for several weeks, whereupon it then goes back in search of prey once more. It's even possible that one day, while out on a hunt, the python might actually catch itself.
Scientists have found that in the heat of the hunt, they often mistake their own tail for the tail of another snake, horribly believing that they have finally caught that tasty prey that they were so We still have many more meetings to come with a whole variety of different mega, super-duper beasts of the natural and unnatural world.
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