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HOW DOES A PYTHON EAT SOMETHING BIGGER THAN ITSELF?


STEP ONE. when prey come in distance the python can sense it through smelling with its tongue and heat radiation with its special sensory pits near its nostrils

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n will sit and wait for its prey, own its body to save energy

TYPES OF PREY large mammals such as deer small mammals such as mice other reptiles such as lizards sometimes humans! (if they’re really hungry)


STEP TWO.

the python bites onto the prey, leaping from the ground or from up a tree


WHERE ARE PYTHONS FOUND? Sub-Saharan Africa Nepal India Burma Southern China South East Asia Australia North America

its teeth are curved so that the prey can’t move from the python’s grasp

grass/weeds

near water

up a tree


STEP THREE. the python asphyxiates prey by constricting around it like a coil,stopping the flow of breath around the preys body. the bones of the prey are actually never broken!


pythons do descend from venomous snakes but they do not have any venom or poison in their bodies examples of venomous snakes - vipers - adders - rattlesnakes - cobras - mambas


STEP FOUR. e bone t a r d a u the q

the python can strech its jaw to an obtuse angle because of the quadrate bone, it can pivot allowing vertical and horizontal rotation of the jaw


the lower jaws are connected by an elastic ligament, allowing each side to move independantly

it does not dislocate its jaw!


STEP FIVE.

once the python kno by sensing that its h the prey is swallowe often head first.


ows its prey is dead heart has stopped, ed whole, most

COMMON TYPES OF PYTHON - Burmese python - Indian python - Rock python - Anaconda - Reticulated python

other useful python features that help with swallowing strechy skin elastic ligaments double jointed joints


BIGGEST RECORDED PYTHON 27 ft AVERAGE PYTHON LENGTH 19 ft

MALE HUMAN HEIGHT 6 ft

STEP

as swallowing c many hours the continues to bre poking its windp its mouth

python size comparisons


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can take e python eath by pipe out of

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STEP SEVEN.

digest increa liver doubles in size in two days

digestion can take


tion power ases by 40

size of heart increases by 40%

days while the pythons insides change dramatically


BY KATIE AND MEGAN


How Does A Python Eat Something Bigger Than Itself?