A massive python was spotted coughing up a dog it devoured on the streets of Bangkok.
A cellphone video of the grisly regurgitation shows the snake stretch its huge jaw out wide and back up until the canine is completely out of its system.
“The video explains that the python was being stressed — like someone was poking at it — because the python will have a much more difficult time defending itself if it has a huge meal in it,” reptile expert and conservationist Jim Nesci said.
The harrowing clip was posted to YouTube and LiveLeak, where it garnered more than 100,000 views.
But Nesci suspected that the incident may have been filmed by someone familiar with the snakes.
Nesci said that the python reticulatus is very common in southeastern Asia, and he found it peculiar that someone happened to have a snake pole ready to go.
“If you look at the one part (toward the end of the clip), that guy has a noose that he uses,” Nesci said. “It tells me that they knew right away that the snake was going to yak up the dog.”
The only reason other than stress that a python would regurgitate its meal would be if it had digestion trouble, Nesci explained.
“In nature, predators are very opportunistic and will eat whatever they can at the time because they don’t know when they can eat next.”