Wince-inducing footage has surfaced online of the moment a Brazilian snake swallowed a porcupine and was subsequently seen writhing around on the ground in sheer agony, quills protruding from its skin on all sides.
The clip was filmed in an unknown location in Brazil and has since racked up thousands of views after being posted to the online video-sharing website LiveLeak last week. It’s enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Scroll down for the stomach-cringing footage – WARNING: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
This Snake gets its comeuppance after attacking a porcupine and getting pierced by spikes. The Video appears to show injured boa constrictor pierced by dozens of white quills.
The impaled reptile had apparently attempted to eat the porcupine in Brazil. It writhes in pain for two minutes… then has to defend itself from a barking dog before eventually … well – just
Not the first snake to bite off more than it could chew though – check this out:
This giant snake died after swallowing a 30lb porcupine – which punctured its insides with its razor-sharp quills.
The four-metre African rock python was found beneath a rocky ledge at Lake Eland Game Reserve in South Africa.
Its innards had been lacerated by dozens of quills from the porcupine while trying to digest its meal.
The last supper: A snake lies dead in a South African game reserve after swallowing a 30lb porcupine which stabbed it to death with its quills
Bitten off more than it could chew: The 30lb porcupine after being cut out of the snake’s stomach by game reserve keepers
Reserve general manager Jennifer Fuller said: ‘The exact reasons for the snake’s death are not clear.
‘It is apparent that several porcupine quills were lodged inside the digestive tract. It had fallen off the rocky ledge.
‘We don’t know if it died beforehand or whether the fall drove some of the quills into its digestive tract.’
While some predators will be warned off by the visual threat displays of a porcupine, many snake species rely on thermal or chemical sensory mechanisms to ambush prey at night.