It’s not very common for a snake, or more specifically a python, to eat a porcupine. Even if it’s not uncommon, it’s a very dangerous thing for these snakes to eat. It was once found that a porcupine’s quills are so sharp that they can go entirely through a snake’s body.
If you have ever seen a porcupine in the wild, you know that they are not the prettiest creatures.
A porcupine’s body is covered with sharp quills which it uses as its defence mechanism. These quills also contain antibiotic properties. he quills from the porcupine can pierce through a snake’s digestive tract and causing it to die. The North American porcupine has about 30,000 quills on it. They fall when touched with hands.
These quills lie flat until a porcupine is threatened, the raise when the rodent knows of a possible situation around it. Porcupines cannot shoot at predators they scatter it from their body for defence. Many animals have been spotted with quills on their bodies. Quills have sharp tips and scales or bards which make them difficult to remove when stuck in an animal’s skin. They also grow new quills after losing the old ones.
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As far as hard-to-swallow meals go, porcupines have got to be pretty high up on the list. Those spiny coats don’t exactly say “eat me, I’m delicious” – but that didn’t stop a python in a South African nature reserve from attempting to swallow one of these spiky rodents … with grim consequences.
The non-venomous snakes kill their prey by constriction, coiling tighter and tighter until their victim dies of cardiac arrest.
The snakes might be among Africa’s largest (and among some of biggest snake species in the world), but that impressive size isn’t much help when you’re digesting a big bundle of very sharp quills.
South African snake expert Johan Marais agrees. “Pythons do eat porcupines and usually without problems other than the odd quill stuck somewhere. But when disturbed after a large meal, the natural reaction for a snake is to regurgitate its meal so that it is mobile again and can escape. But regurgitating a porcupine is not that easy, and I am sure that is where things went wrong,”
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