King Cobra VS Giant Python Battle Ends After Both Snakes Are Killed
We’ve seen some brutal wildlife pictures and videos lately but this one just about takes the cake…
The below pic is the aftermath of a clash between a King Cobra and a Reticulated Python. It ended in a draw but both lost their lives as a result of the epic battle.
The king cobra had evidently been strangled while the python died after being bitten behind its head by the cobra and succumbing to the fearsome snake’s deadly venom.
“It’s crazy, but it’s something I could easily see happening…it’s a dangerous world out there, to eat other big snakes and things that could kill you,” said Coleman Sheehy of the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The incredible photo was posted on Facebook and quickly went viral due to the fact that there is scant evidence of King Cobra vs Python battles in the wild.
“It looks real, it doesn’t look photoshopped or anything,” said Frank Burbrink of the American Museum of Natural History. “This is a weird encounter, but a lot of stuff that happens with snakes is never easily seen.”
King Cobras are the world’s longest venomous snake with adults typically ranging from 3.2 to 4 metres (10.5 to 13 feet) long. The longest known individual measured a whopping 5.85 metres (19.2 feet). It preys chiefly on other snakes and occasionally on vertebrates, such as lizards and rodents.
When a cobra attacks, it targets the base of its victims’ head and injects venom which quickly shuts down the nervous system and causes paralysis.
“They can pretty much tackle most snakes they come across,” Sheehy says.
Evidently not reticulated pythons, though: these bad boys are the longest snakes in the world, with some measuring more than 9 metres (30 feet).
They use their muscles to strangle meals and although they normally eat mammals and not other snakes, that doesn’t mean they won’t squeeze the sh*t out of anything and everything that tries to take them on.
“If there was a predatory event here, it was king cobra to python,” Burbrink says. “And it didn’t work out for either of them.”
This deadly encounter most likely occurred in Southeast Asia, where both species live.
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