Nobody was guarding the hen house.
Nobody was guarding the hen house. Or perhaps the hen house was inadequately secured. Not sure what country this video was shot in but what the heck. The python expended quite a bit of energy in eating these birds, five in all, and the man has to interrupt the snake, which caused it to regurgitate its meal. It looks as if the python happened upon a chicken coop and decided to eat five of the birds. The man must have been angry to find the snake ate his birds, but what was done was done. The Daily Mail didn’t report much on what went down or why the guy had to do what he did, but now there are five wasted prey items and the snake? Who knows what happened to it at the hands of this guy.
A snake regurgitating its meal is usually caused by stress factors such as a man injecting himself into a situation such as this, or if the reptile feels threatened, which obviously it did in this case. Under captive circumstances, a snake will regurgitate its meal if the temperature is too cold, or the keeper handled the animal too soon after feeding. You can read more about regurgitation in the Snake Health 101 article here.
John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata