Python at Silole

By Will Knocker:


Yesterday an excited Kumbu, my neighbour’s child, came to call me to see a rare sight: a python!


It had caught an adult hare & swallowed it in record time (must have been hungry!) This snake was 5 foot long, so a hare was mighty big for it!


We have a plague of Bush hyrax at Silole (& obviously not enough predators) & pythons are often killed on sight, so to me at least, this snake is very welcome….


Having put back it’s dislocated jaw (the only way to swallow such large prey) it slithered off to find a resting place, where it  will hide & digest for the next month or two….that is one Big Meal!