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X-flies
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G'day all,

Found this while scrolling through my usual news sites and thought it was interesting. I know it is a little off so feel free to chow me if it has appeared before.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,,20372915-5006003,00.html

Has anyone heard about the last 2 paragraphs?

Dave

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Yes. Here's an article from Der Spiegel , with a picture gallery (click on the row of three images, then click on the images to advance through the series. The snake/alligator pictures is number 6.)
WARNING: ICKY IMAGES.

Mind you, the snake and alligator washed up already dead. It's not like people stood around watching the snake go "BOOM!", so I'm not sure whether it exploded or ripped open later. [Wink]

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Notice how the snake's lower jaw is unhinged in the photo linked to in the OP. Cool, isn't it?

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I just wonder what would have happened if the sheep hadn't been removed. Okay, so the snake couldn't move. But suppose this had happened without humans picking it up, and without the python being stranded in the middle of the road. Would it just have sat around for a reeeaaally long time while the sheep was being digested, or would it have died because of the strain on some internal organ(s)? The python that swallowed the electric blanket or the one with the golf ball are obvously in trouble because of the indigestible material. But a sheep (or, as in the picture series in the article I posted, a cat) should be at least digestible, right? Even if it takes a really long time?
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From the link in the OP: "Conservationists were yesterday still deciding whether to keep the 90kg snake in a zoo or release it back into the wild."

Hmm, here's a python who's going to be hungry, since we removed the last thing he ate, and we'll be the first living things he sees. This had huge Darwin Award potential.

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Greetings,

Did they remove the sheep? The article didnt seem to say that, only that they operated on another snake after it ate a blanket. Am I reading it wrong?

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Ooooh. You're right, KDS. I guess I thought they'd removed the sheep because the other article is so full of details about the blanket and golf ball being removed. But you're right, it didn't say that. So it'll just be a loooong digestion time, I guess.

EDIT: The blog comment on this Times Online blog is interesting. It says the python actually tried to escape capture by regurgitating the sheep, so it may have lost its lunch after all. Trying to have a look at the New Straits Times now since that's mentioned as a source, but I'm having problems loading their site...

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quote:
Has anyone heard about the last 2 paragraphs?
http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/snakegator.asp

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quote:
Originally posted by Page Three:
I just wonder what would have happened if the sheep hadn't been removed. Okay, so the snake couldn't move. But suppose this had happened without humans picking it up, and without the python being stranded in the middle of the road. Would it just have sat around for a reeeaaally long time while the sheep was being digested, or would it have died because of the strain on some internal organ(s)? (SNIP)

We keep a boa and a corn snake as well as some other reptiles. I have spent quite some time educating myself through reading and speaking with others including zoo keepers. This is my understanding of situations like this: The problem with a snake digesting for a really long time is that the food spoils inside the reptile. When this occurs the snake will (hopefully) regurgitate. Otherwise, the meal can prove deadly. Even regular size meals can be a problem if the snake remains too cold to properly digest the food.

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quote:
The problem with a snake digesting for a really long time is that the food spoils inside the reptile.
Interesting. Thanks for the info!
And after reading the link snopes posted (uhm...yeah, could have looked here right away...:blush:), I guess some kind of actual explosion isn't out of the question either, what with gases developing. Urgh.

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quote:
Originally posted by KDS:
Greetings,

Did they remove the sheep? The article didnt seem to say that, only that they operated on another snake after it ate a blanket. Am I reading it wrong?

Maybe they performed the Heimlich maneuver?

Sorry... [fish]

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WOW, my first spanking, and by Snopes as well ... I feel so special now.

Dave

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