The length of time it takes to watch an episode of Games of Thrones is about all it takes for a reticulated python to kill and swallow a human being.Death comes quickly, notes Cornell Professor Dr. Harry W. Greene. The reticulated python, the longest living species of snake in the world, are constrictors, meaning they coil around their prey and squeeze them until they’re dead in just a couple minutes. The swallowing takes most of the time.
“It would be extremely difficult for me to save my life without help,” Greene said. “It wouldn’t take very long and it would be awful.”Such a nightmare occurred earlier this week, when a 23-foot reticulated python swallowed whole an Indonesian farmer. It’s a rare occurrence for that part of the world, but not unheard of, Greene said.
There are, he said, examples of people being eaten by reticulated pythons, particularly on Sulawesi, the island where 25-year-old Akbar Salubiro was eaten.Humans, unfortunately, fit into the general, mammal-heavy diet of the reticulated python, which can grow between 20 and 25 feet long.
The Guinness World Records notes a reticulated python named Medusa, which lives in Kansas City, Mo., holds the title as the world’s largest snake ever in captivity at over 25-feet long. Pythons often eat primates, including monkeys, sometimes orangutans and, seldom, people.
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