They found something else inside the cow’s belly!
Nigerian locals found an extremely large snake with a swollen belly. Thinking it might’ve fed on their livestock, the locals immediately killed the snake and opened its belly hoping to retrieve the eaten cattle. But as soon as they open the snake’s belly, they discover something else entirely—the snake was apparently pregnant!
The find dozens of eggs inside the snakes belly, which is considered a rare delicacy in the West African country. Instead of mourning for the cattle they thought the snake ate, they instead celebrated and feasted on the snake’s eggs.
Judging by the size of the snake, which appears to be almost a foot wide and several metres long, it looks like an anaconda. But with the species of anaconda restricted to South America, it is likely the pictured snake is an African rock python.
How does an African rock python kill its prey?
Like all pythons, the African rock python is non-venomous and kills its prey by constriction. After gripping the prey, the snake coils around it, tightening its coils every time the victim breathes out. Death is thought to be caused by cardiac arrest rather than by asphyxiation or crushing.