Python Eats Porcupine Whole, Then The Unexpected Happens…

The porcupine weighed 30 pounds!

The porcupine somehow came out of the snake looking less worse for wear than the snake. It was huge by general porcupine standards, but not that huge in comparison to other members of its species.


Cape porcupines are the largest rodents in southern Africa and the largest species of porcupine in the world. Thirty pounds isn’t that unusually large for a Cape porcupine – the really big ones can grow up to 66 pounds. That’s a lot of spines.

The spines themselves are typically two inches long, and are interspersed with shorter defensive quills. Cape porcupines’ tail spines are hollow, and they shake them to make a warning noise, kind of like a rattlesnake.