Snake Gets Tennis Ball In Its Throat

I never would’ve thought that I would ever see a snake getting a tennis ball massaged out of its throat.

Fortunately, this would never actually happen in the wild, as there are no tennis balls lying around to tempt a snake

However, I am sure that occasionally they do swallow things by accident that are not necessarily meant to be eaten by snakes.

Snakes have mandibles that move independently of each other, slowly inching the prey into the throat.

They have a long esophagus, which has many internal folds compared to other reptiles.

Because of this, it allows them to swallow large prey whole.

Then peristaltic movement takes place, slowly moving the food down the esophagus toward the stomach.

This is a j-shaped organ in snakes, where most of the digestion occurs.

Unfortunately, a tennis ball won’t be digestible for a snake…

Luckily there was a trained vet nearby that could tackle this situation hands on.

Realising the snake had swallowed the tennis ball by accident, the vet was able to massage the tennis ball back up the snake’s esophagus and out through the mouth. SWIPE UP to see the video!

There is still more to learn about these incredible creatures!

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