Incredible! This HUGE 8 foot python swallowed an antelope whole (PHOTOS)

by Adeola Balogun

Big mouth: An African rock python dislocates its jaws to gobble up a young impala in Moremi National Park

Snakes are one of the world’s most intriguing creatures, especially pythons and other super-sized ones.

The most astounding feature of these reptiles is their ability to swallow other animals whole.

This 8 foot African rock Python was spotted in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana swallowing an Impala whole!

 

 

Daily Mail reports:

The images were captured by photographer Fred von Winckelmann, from Eindhoven in the Netherlands, whilst on a game drive.

He said: ‘Seeing an African rock python swallowing a young impala is a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.’

He added: ‘The snake was calmly swallowing his meal without giving us any attention, so I was allowed to go belly-down to get eye-level photos of the reptile.

‘We arrived when the snake was starting to dislocate its jaws around the antelope’s waist and in 45 minutes it swallowed the last hooves.

‘That was when we let the python digest it in peace because they are so vulnerable when doing so.’

More photos below:

 

Food baby: The snake's belly bulges from its massive meal in these pictures taken by a Dutch photographerFood baby: The snake’s belly bulges from its massive meal in these pictures taken by a Dutch photographer

 

Constrictor: Pythons kill by wrapping their bodies around their prey and squeezing them until they suffocateConstrictor: Pythons kill by wrapping their bodies around their prey and squeezing them until they suffocate

 

Crushed: The legs of the hapless impala stick out as the python slowly eats it upCrushed: The legs of the hapless impala stick out as the python slowly eats it up

 

Savage: This picture shows just how wide the snake's jaws had to open to swallow its massive mealSavage: This picture shows just how wide the snake’s jaws had to open to swallow its massive meal

 

'Once-in-a-lifetime sighting': The images were captured by photographer Fred von Winckelmann, from Eindhoven in the Netherlands, whilst on a game drive at Moremi National Park in Botswana‘Once-in-a-lifetime sighting’: The images were captured by photographer Fred von Winckelmann, from Eindhoven in the Netherlands, whilst on a game drive at Moremi National Park in Botswana

 

Preoccupied: The snake was so caught up in its meal that Mr Winckelmann was able to lie on his belly almost next to the beast to photograph it on its own levelPreoccupied: The snake was so caught up in its meal that Mr Winckelmann was able to lie on his belly almost next to the beast to photograph it on its own level

 

Down the hatch: The impala's back legs disappear down the python's gaping jaws and into its bellyDown the hatch: The impala’s back legs disappear down the python’s gaping jaws and into its belly

 

Savour the flavour: Mr Winckelmann said that it took the snake about 45 minutes to swallow its mealSavour the flavour: Mr Winckelmann said that it took the snake about 45 minutes to swallow its meal

 

Powerful: While there are many predators in Africa able to bring down an impala, few could swallow it wholePowerful: While there are many predators in Africa able to bring down an impala, few could swallow it whole

 

Stretchy: Pythons are able to swallow such large prey thanks to dislocatable jaws rigged with tendons, muscles and ligaments that can stretch to extraordinary lengthsStretchy: Pythons are able to swallow such large prey thanks to dislocatable jaws rigged with tendons, muscles and ligaments that can stretch to extraordinary lengths

Pythons are able to swallow such large prey thanks to dislocatable jaws rigged with tendons, muscles and ligaments that can stretch to extraordinary lengths.

They first kill their prey by wrapping their bodies around them and crushing them using powerful body muscles.

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