The Snake Who Ate A Porcupine. Or Did It?

By Kristy Rice May 1, 2017

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The internet seems to have gone viral with this video of a boa constrictor in Brazil who allegedly ate a porcupine.
But did it really?
I wasn't there so I don't know but the boa doesn't bite and immediately swallow its prey. It's not venomous. Instead it wraps its coils around and around, squeezing the breath and life out of its victims before devouring them, which could explain why the snake has quills from head to tail with no tell-tale 'lump' from the porcupine inside.
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Granted, the snake could have already digested the porcupine and somehow survived being skewered from the inside out. Given the quills through the end of the snake, that could be feasible.
But like the lump in this photo, a snake's meal usually gets only partially through its body before its journey through the tail (and out) stalls for digestion. The quills in the snake's tail suggest that either the porcupine has already been expelled or the injury was sustained during constriction.
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