Another one for the snake experts (Pilane
Without going into to much detail: we found a dead impala lam in Marloth this past weekend….it appeared to be wet, although it seemed too old to be newborn. The conservation guys that came out, immediately confirmed that a python caused the death. The “wet” was actually a slime and covered half of the body…up to the point were it was swallowed by the python before it was spit out again.
1. The lam could not have been dead for too long. We found it Friday evening (Friday was a hot day) and even by Saturday morning it still did not start smelling. However, its head, that was swallowed first, and cover in this slime, was a blueish colour by Saturday morning. Does this slime contain digestive enzymes that caused this decolourisation?
They kill by constriction, but interestingly the do not break any bones of the prey. They constrict every time when the prey exhale until the prey dies of cardiac failure due to the fact that it cannot breathe anymore...
2. How long will it normally take a python to kill something like an impala lam in this fashion?
3. The conservation guys told us that the python would probably stick around in the area. Is this true? Are they territorial?
We have a nice waterhole and I read that they like water
…..Jumbo wishing see could see this guy/girl
4. How big will a python be that can kill a impala lam of about 1-2 weeks old and swallow it almost halfway?
5. Any ideas why it spit it out?…might it be that it was too big to swallow?
4. This is the second time we have seen an impala lam killed by a python. The first time was between Olifants and Letaba…the lam was lying in the open but the python hid under a bush closeby (we could only make out part of it)…it was hiding because of all the cars congregating at the scene.
Has anybody else on the forum seen a python with an impala lam? I was wondering if they await these births to fill their stomachs?
5. And lastly, not really to do with pythons, but I am very intrigued. As I said, by Friday evening the lam did not smell at all and also was not bloated even though it was lying in the open and Friday was a hot day. Yet Rigor Mortis already set in….the body was stiff. I know that when people die under severe stress, that rigor mortis can set in immediately…does the same count for animals?