Pythons are nonvenomous snakes typically found in Africa, Asia and Australia. They are some of the largest snakes in the world and, contrary to popular belief, these snakes are nonvenomous.
First, when a python kills its prey, the prey becomes completely crushed with the python’s coils. The python viciously wraps its coils around its prey and kills it by constriction, which stops the blood flow and oxygen from reaching vital organs like the brain or the heart. This is what we see this python do in the video before it actually eats the alligator.
Pythons are ambush predators, also known as sit-and-wait predators. This means that they attack their prey while remaining still and camouflaged, and are unlikely to attack human beings.
Alligators are not the only animals that pythons are known to snack on. Typically the prey they eat are the size of an average cat, but larger species are known to eat deer and antelope.
Pythons have sharp teeth which are curved backwards. They have two rows of teeth in the lower jaw and four rows in the upper. They use their teeth to grasp their prey before they kill and eat them. Because the prey is swallowed whole, a python’s prey could take days or even weeks to completely digest. I thought a burger and fries was a big meal!