A Southern African Python swallowing an impala

Guests visiting Pondoro saw a once in a lifetime sighting of a python swallowing an impala on the 17th of December 2014. Josiah, one of the Pondoro guides, heard impala giving alarm calls and he quickly drove in that direction thinking that they might be seeing a leopard. Great was his surprise when he saw the python wrapped around the impala.

Pythons are ambush hunters that can wait for hours for a suitable opportunity and prey to present itself whereupon it will latch on with its powerful recurved teeth and constricts its prey. Death is thought to result from cardiac failure. The southern african python is the largest snake in the region and one of the largest in the world. It averages 3 – 4 meters and may reach 6 meters in length.

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