- An Australian tourist has caught on camera the dramatic moment a huge python swallows a possum whole while dangling from a tree
- The incredible incident happened in New South Wales, Australia
- Pythons often go for larger prey so that they don't have to hunt often
An Australian tourist has caught on camera the dramatic moment a 1.4-meter python swallows a possum whole while dangling from a tree.
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Michelle Hunjak was out on a nature trail with her sister when they chanced upon the unusual sight, which soon drew a sizable crowd.
The hind legs and tail of the unfortunate possum could still be seen sticking out of the huge snake's mouth as the snake performed its gravity-defying maneuver.
Michelle, who is a fan of snakes, expressed her excitement: "I really love snakes so it was amazing to see the feeding in person. I had no idea they would be able to eat something like that."
An Australian snake expert, Dan Rumsey, told local media that although pythons are non-venomous, they use their teeth to hold on to prey and can therefore eat their prey from almost any angle.
Rumsey added that pythons target bigger prey so that they don't have to hunt too often, and possums therefore fit the bill.
See footage from a similar incident below.