Python Eats Porcupine Whole, Then The Unexpected Happens…

The python’s mouth, where all the magic started.

Researchers examine the first row of the python’s vicious backwards-curved teeth. Pythons have many rows of them, which sink into their prey and guide them downwards into its esophagus.

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Although it’s commonly believed that pythons temporarily unhinge their jaws to swallow their prey, it’s not the case. The snake’s jaws move almost completely autonomously of one another anyway. The lower jaw is loosely connected to the snake’s skull by a “quadrate bone.”

Unfortunately, this python’s days of surprising megafauna are over.