Python killed by civet

Python killed by civet

Postby armata » Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:41 pm

This is interesting a python killed by a civet. Contained 57 eggs. Sent to me by a guy who does walking safaris .
Its in the Luangua Valley, Zambia, and photographed by Martha and John Hesse.

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Re: Python killed by civet

Postby BushSnake » Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:58 pm

Interesting! I would imagine it must have been a fair fight where either of the contestants could have turned into the food source. I often wonder what leopards, etc do when they come into contact with a 4m+ python...
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Re: Python killed by civet

Postby Bushviper » Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:38 pm

A civet hardly seems the sort of animal to tackle a fully grown adult female Rock Python. I would have believed that of a Honey badger. Did they see the fight?
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Re: Python killed by civet

Postby Pythonodipsas » Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:59 pm

I guess this snake may not have been too big for a large Civet cat to handle, but it does seem unusual. A would also expect this more from a Honey badger. Apparently Honey Badgers are so tenacious they have been known to disembowel adult buffalo by jumping, clawing and biting, only to bring the animal down and have a big feast.
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Re: Python killed by civet

Postby rolandslf » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:10 am

I don't think a Civet would be able to kill a Python of this size.
Having said that, I can remeber when I was about 12 years old my mom finding a Rinkhals in the bathroom and my dad telling her to put the cat in the bathroom and that he was on his way home.
Result, dead Rinkhals.
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Re: Python killed by civet

Postby alexander » Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:29 pm

Interesting, i can't see what a python could do against a quick, small animal like a civet. Maybe it was taking more risks by staying out longer due to being gravid.
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Re: Python killed by civet

Postby BOOGY » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:43 am

any more info? Was this infact observed by the people that took the pics? Any more pics availeble? Thats a good sized python.
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