(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.