WATCH: ‘It started vomiting out the dog’ — 4.1m long python swallows pit bull whole
"It was a giant snake. We were so scared. I called the police to come and help," said a shocked North West resident.
The snake was caught and relocated. Picture: Supplied/ Critter Chronicles
When Charlotte Molefe’s helper heard the dog barking strangely and whining, she went out to investigate, only to find a snake swallowing the family’s cross pit bull.
“It was terrible!” Molefe from Bethanie near Brits in the North West told Kormorant.
“It was a giant snake. We were so scared. I called the police to come and help and they gave me the snake catcher’s number.”
Critter Chronicles’ Jac-Louis Horn, André Scholtz, and Ben Bar were called out to the Molefe’s farm just after midnight on Friday and removed the snake.
“It was quite remarkable. We are a conservation service so we usually rescue and relocate snakes, but not normally this large. This snake was 4.1 metres and weighed about 30 kgs,” Horn told The Citizen.
Watch: Python swallows dog
Rescued snakes are usually about 2.5 to 3 metres, but the biggest recorded South African python was 5.5 metres.
“It would usually be a straightforward process but because the snake was so big we had to get farm workers to help move it. We restrained the head and transferred it into a container to relocate it,” Horn added.
When under threat a snake is known to regurgitate or vomit out its meal, to ensure a speedy escape.
“When approached the snake regurgitated the dog and was caught”.
The python, along with another caught on a neighbouring farm by Scholtz, was released into the Pilanesberg Reserve.
Critter Chronicles runs a Nonprofit Organisations (NPO) to relocate dangerous animals, including snakes, and educate communities about conservation and animal safety.