Python Can’t Stomach Its Lunch as Giant Bat’s Wings Protrudes from Its Sides

by Jon D. B.

Whatever bat this carpet python managed to eat is clearly giving his physiology a run for its money as its wings protrude from both sides of the snake.

Nature is all about survival, sure. But there have got to be far less painless ways to take in a meal. Thankfully, Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 of National Geographic’s Aussie Snake Wranglers fame, were on hand to help relocate this gentle fellow to a place where he can curl up, relax, and digest this bony meal.

Viewing their footage for yourself shows how remarkably elastic the skin and organs of pythons are, too. This is a relatively small python, but one that’s a good 5-foot regardless. This means whatever bat she’s eaten had to be sizable, too.

Since we’re in Australia for this footage, that’s no issue, mate. The Land Down Under hosts multiple species of flying foxes. They are, as their name suggests, about the size of a fox with wings. Swallowing a bat with a 4-to-6-foot wingspan whole certainly seems like the recipe for this rescue. Take a look:

The owners of the home featured within would call Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 for assistance. Arriving at the scene are Stuart McKenzie and Brendan West within. Together, the gents found our large, bat-eating carpet python.

As McKenzie examines the “otherwise healthy” snake, he takes note of a huge protrusion in its side. “That’s nearly breaking through the skin,” he exclaims. “I reckon it’s a bat… We believe this snake has eaten a bat.”


After examining the protrusion, McKenzie becomes a bit more concerned for the python’s safety. “That might be part of the wing. It’s properly protruding out of the side. You can see how stretchy a python’s skin can be but that’s pretty darn close to going through. We need to be super gentle when we release him to make sure it doesn’t go through,” he says as he bags the snake.

Towards the end of the footage as McKenzie releases the “little fella,” it becomes clear that the bat’s wings are protruding out both sides of the python’s stomach. Ouch.

Hopefully, this beautiful snake is able to digest this bony meal safely and grow to full size. Carpet pythons regularly exceed 10-feet in length and have a healthy appetite to match. They live and breed across most of Australia (excluding the west) where they make their homes in forests, heaths, and gardens.

Like all pythons, carpets are constrictors and non-venomous. They pose little threat to humans. They’re phenomenal for Australian pest control, instead, filling a similar niche to our North American rat snakes.

Our brains may be hardwired to fear snakes, but many are about the best animals to have around your home. Sure beats rodents in this Outsider’s book. Unless you have small dogs, cats, or children outside. Then maybe keep a close eye on the big constrictors.