In the land of snakes, spiders, and venomous creatures in between, a horrifying footage taken in Brisbane, Australia showed two nightmares in one: a python and a bat locked in a power struggle to the death. But with a funny twist in the end.
It was another proof that the Land Down Under is not exactly the safest place to get lost in.
According to Mirror, the said video was taken by a certain Tony Morrison, a Redland’s Snake Catcher, which he posted on his Facebook account with the caption: “This snake could not get past the wings of the bat and decided to give up.”
The clip showed a big carpet python hanging by its tail around a tree branch, and pulling up what appears to be its meal for the day: an equally huge bat.
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The winged mammal appears to be trapped within the python’s vise-like body grip, while the latter hangs suspended on a tree.
Although you might think that the snake is just hanging out and chilling with his food, the reptile was actually caught in a dilemma of how to eat the bat in one bite.
Right off the bat, the python opened up wide and began to swallow the mammal in one gulp. Alas, looks like it bit off more than it could chew when it got to the pointed wing part of the bat.
Morrison told the Daily Mail Australia that in the end, the reptile gave up on consuming its meal.
“It [the snake] couldn’t get past the wings, so after half an hour he just dropped the bat on the ground,” he recalled.
According to the snake catcher, carpet pythons were common in said area, emphasizing that these are not harmful to humans. But just to be sure, his group transferred the animal to a safe place.
“We eventually moved the snake down the road into bushland, because it was in an area where kids would cross to get to school,” he explained.
Based on Wikipedia, the average adult length of carpet pythons is 6.6 ft. but could grow up to 13 ft. Likewise, such snakes kill prey through constriction and usually eat small mammals, birds, and lizards. However, this isn’t the first time that pythons are caught swallowing more than they could handle.
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