Snakes get an unfair bad rap in the animal kingdom. Even though they’re basically just legless lizards, people shudder at their appearance and balk at the idea of owning them as a pet. But even the most dedicated ophidiophobics (yep, that’s the word for snake phobia!) will feel a little sorry for the snake in this video.
A carpet python in Queensland, Australia, recently bit off more than he could chew when he swallowed an enormous tennis ball. Although snakes are experts at swallowing food bigger around than they are, and have a special set of digestive muscles for the task, the ball was too big around for the 5-foot snake to handle.
Luckily, the poor little guy was quickly found in the backyard he had eaten the tennis ball in, and the residents called snake handler Trish Predergast to assist it. Predergast had never seen anything quite like it before.
“Tennis balls are porous on the outside and not slippery like an egg,” she told ABC News. She had removed plastic eggs and tennis balls from snakes before, but the texture created an additional complication. “We didn’t want it adhering or tearing the oesophagus as it came back up,” she explained.
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