A hungry python with eyes too big for its stomach has been photographed regurgitating another python – bigger than itself.
The snake was found in a garage of a caravan park in Western Australia’s East Kimberley, with its normally streamlined sides bulging from a recent feed.
When Kurt Jongedyk, the manager at Parry Creek Farm Tourist Resort and Caravan Park, caught the reptile and relocated it away from his house and chooks, it began bringing up its meal.
But instead of throwing up an unlucky marsupial or goanna, the unhappy 3.5-4 metre python spewed forth an even fatter python of about the same length.
A series of photos posted to Facebook documented the aftermath of the python’s queasy feed.
“There is a chook pen next to the house and for many seasons we’ve had large snakes polish off the chooks,” Mr Jongedyk told The New Daily.
“We heard the dog barking like mad and we found this python with a full belly in the garage.
“We usually relocate them to Marlgu Billabong down the road where there is a lot of birdlife and it’s safer for them away from the cars.
“When I took him there I noticed he was twisting and thought he had a goanna in him.
“But then a snake bigger than him came out. He had scoffed a snake bigger than himself.
“He had it out in about a minute. He spat the last of it out real fast.
“I don’t know how he managed to wrangle that one.”
Mr Jongedyk identified both snakes as olive pythons. He said it was the most amazing snake encounter he had witnessed.
One theory suggests the python brought up its dinner after being stressed from the relocation.
“Sadly he lost his lunch but we hope he grabs something else and the birds get his leftovers.”