Photo Credit: Royal Python, or Ball Python (Python regius)
Python Chases Tourists To Their Car While On Safari In Africa
A group of tourists on a safari in southern Africa got up close and personal with an unlikely visitor during their excursion through a remote part of the country.
The tourists were traveling through Mozambique on their way to Ballito near Durban—a city on South Africa’s east coast.
In the dramatic encounter, captured on film, a group of at least 12 tourists was seen running to their car to flee a giant 16 feet-long python that made its way on to the hood of the car.
“I couldn’t believe it. I had seen a snake in captivity, but I had never seen one up close,” one of the tourists, Thomas Bell, told News24.
The snake can be seen underneath a trailer with a boat on it, which is being towed by one of their vehicles. After attempting to move the snake by grabbing its tail, the python slithers towards the white Land Rover where it mounts on the hood of the white Land Rover.
One of the tourists jumps into the vehicle and tries to reverse to escape the giant snake but after it falls off the car, the python follows the fleeing vehicle.
“It’s coming for you,” one of the group members can be heard shouting, while another says,” That thing is crazy.”
The Southern African rock python can grow up to 18 feet in length and weigh as much as 143 pounds.
It’s a non-venomous snake of sub-Saharan Africa that lives slightly further north, however, some specialists prefer to classify it as an independent species. As the country’s largest snake, this species is one of the six largest snake species in the world, as reported in news.com.au.
The African rock python kills its prey by constriction, likely causing death by cardiac arrest rather than asphyxiation or crushing.
The snake often eats animals up to the size of antelope, occasionally even crocodiles.
While the size of the snake does scare people, it very rarely kills humans.