Horror movies have taught us to stay away from snakes and pythons unless you want a taste of death. But these things don’t just happen in the movies, they happen in real life too. After scientists in Florida performed an autopsy on a bloated Burmese python, they were shocked with what they found inside.
A study in the BioInvasion Records documents the shocking case of a Burmese python that consumed not one, not two, but THREE white-tailed deer over roughly 87 days. The python in this particular case was euthanized in the Florida Everglades in 2013. These animals are known to prey on medium to large sized animals like deer, rabbits, and raccoons.
Although it’s expected of them to eat these rather large creatures, it’s always surprising to hear cases of them eating such large animals. When researchers came across this python, they were astounded by its sheer size. The creature was 14.2 feet in length and weighed an astonishing 106 pounds! When they dissected the reptile, they found a large amount of fecal matter in its large intestine.
The massive dung measured to a whopping 31.1 inches and weighed 14.33 pounds! Let’s be honest, that’s probably bigger than any of your number twos in the past. After examining the feces, the team found undigested bone, teeth, and hooves. It turns out that this little guy had gobbled up three white-tailed deer.
Based on their findings, the researchers learned that the python had eaten two fawns that were roughly 12 to 30 days old. They also believe that the python most likely hid in the water and attacked the deer when they came over for a drink.
“This is the first report of an invasive Burmese python containing the remains of multiple white-tailed deer in its gut,” the researchers concluded in the study. “Because the largest snakes native to southern Florida are not capable of consuming even mid-sized mammals, pythons likely represent a novel predatory threat to white-tailed deer in these habitats.”
In conclusion, the researchers hope their findings and this study “encourages additional work to develop methodologies to mitigate the impacts of this large-bodied invasive snake.”