Snake dies after consuming large porcupine

(CNN) — A python’s big meal in a South African game reserve turned out to be its last.

A 12-foot long African rock python died after eating a 29-pound porcupine. The porcupine’s needle-sharp quills seemed to have punctured the snake’s digestive tract, contributing to its death.

The engorged snake was first spotted at the Lake Eland game reserve by a mountain biker two weeks ago.

Pythons kill their prey by constriction. They swallow animals whole and it may take days or weeks to digest fully.

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