Villagers Thought This Huge Snake Had Eaten Livestock…
Nigerians know they should be on call every second, as predators never sleep. No matter what they do for a living – life in Nigeria is not easy. Thousands of people survive under life-threatening conditions without proper water, food supplies on one hand and a huge risk to suffer from wild animals on the other.
This is why locals have learned taking care of their households without any fear, being able to defeat almost any predator absolutely barehanded. These men and women know the only working law of wild nature – kill or be killed. So, they mostly choose the first option.
Citizens of one tiny village have noticed the current loss of livestock under murky circumstances – animals disappeared. That was not only happening under the cloak of the night but at daytime too. So, they were not surprised to find a huge snake not far from their houses once. People saw there was something inside its stomach. Their first thought was – another animal stolen and swollen right where it was, but they were absolutely wrong.
Men took out knives to kill the beast and cut it apart. In a moment, they realized it was their lucky day – mommy snake was expecting a few hundreds of cute little snakes to show off from eggs in a while. Such snakes are extremely dangerous – they can kill livestock and never miss a chance to eat people if they are spot walking alone.
This is why killing this snake has saved hundreds or maybe even thousands of lives of wild and domestic animals and some people too.
It is hard to tell what kind of snake that was, but specialists consider it to be an African rock python. There have been some reports of African rock pythons, which is the continent’s biggest snake and one of the world’s largest, growing up to a massive 6m in length. Males are typically smaller than females, who can grow up to and beyond 4.8m in length.
Like all snakes of the kind, the African rock python is non-venomous and kills its prey by constriction. After gripping the prey, the snake coils around it, tightening its coils every time the victim breathes out. Death is thought to be caused by cardiac arrest rather than by asphyxiation or crushing.
The snake has no enemies in wild nature, this is why it feels mostly unchallenged which makes the beast come closer to human dwellings. This case proves only strong men with knives can stop it from further come backs.
If you wonder what happened to this cut apart mommy python and its hundreds of unborn kids – the villagers have taken all eggs out and spread them among all families. Later that evening most of them were cooked and eaten as snake eggs are considered to be a gourmet item in Africa.
We are not sure if they eat big snakes there, but there hardly is someone able to throw away some kilos of good fresh meat, even if it is python meat.