This is the moment a farmer finds one of his ducks halfway down the throat of an aggressive giant python which threatens to bite him after it is forced to regurgitate its meal.
The large snake, believed to be a Burmese python (Python bivittatus), appeared to have been caught in the act while trying to swallow the bird whole.
Footage taken by villagers in the town of Dadong, which is in Dabu County in the city of Meizhou in South China’s Guangdong Province, shows local residents gathered around the duck coop on Tuesday (5th May).
The giant serpent can be seen coiled up in a corner, and its body bulges as it tries to eat the dead duck whole.
The rest of its body is wrapped around the duck carcass not yes consumed, which is thought to have been asphyxiated to death by the predator.
Confronted by the duck farmer, the snake was forced to spit out its half-finished meal and can be seen lifting its head and opening its jaws wide in a bid to scare the humans away.
In the end, however, the python appeared too put off to finish its meal. The footage shows it having released the duck carcass and slowly slithering away underneath the fence of the duck coop.
According to reports, pythons can take weeks to digest their meals, but the large, non-venomous snakes are known to regurgitate carcasses when distressed and to aid with their escape.
Burmese pythons are a Class I state-protected species in China, where their killing or capture is prohibited and a punishable offence.
It was unclear whether the village residents reported the python to local authorities.
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