Pythons kill their prey by squeezing the breath out of them. They coil themselves about the victim, tightening slightly with each breath the prey takes, until breath stops. When the python senses that the prey has stopped breathing, it swallows the prey whole, digesting the food entirely in its stomach.Continue Reading
Pythons feed on animals as small as lizards and as large as antelope and alligator. Obviously, the larger the animal, the longer the digestion cycle lasts. Pythons might only need to eat every couple of months if the prey they catch is large enough.
Green tree pythons are about 7 feet long, and they live in the trees. They wait for prey to happen by, falling on them and striking, or lashing out at birds.
Pythons are able to swallow their prey whole because of incredible flexibility in their jaws. Slowly and surely, pythons swallow and digest animals that are much wider around than their bodies. Their usual targets are easier to deal with than an alligator, as a rabbit is much more typical. Some of the most dramatic photographs taken of the natural world involve an encounter between a python and an unfortunate wildebeest, deer or other large mammal.Learn more about Zoology
A cheetah's diet is largely made up of smaller gazelles such as the Thomson's gazelle, though they have been known to prey on zebra and wildebeests when hunting in pairs. Cheetahs may prey on smaller animals such as hares, birds and lizards. Like all predators, a cheetah's diet will vary depending on what kills they can make.Full Answer >
Some animals that prey on squirrels are raptor birds, coyotes, fishers, weasels, lynx and foxes while predatory birds are hawks, owls, kestrels and eagles. There are different types of squirrels, which include ground, tree and flying squirrels. The main predators of flying squirrels are snakes and mammals that climb treesFull Answer >
The main difference between parasites and predators is that the former are organisms that live at the expense of another organism, called the host, while the latter capture and feed on another organism, called the prey. The Australian Museum explains that parasites are generally smaller than their host, whereas predators are typically larger than their prey. Moreover, parasites do not kill their host, but predators often kill their prey.Full Answer >
Animals that prey upon snakes include birds and mammals like coyotes and wild boars. Mongooses are a natural enemy of snakes and are common household pets in countries like India where poisonous snakes exist in large numbers.Full Answer >