Horrifying study suggests pythons kill their prey by squeezing until the brain becomes over-pressurized.

We all know that constrictor snakes, like pythons and boa constrictors, kill by squeezing their prey. But how does the prey actually die? Well, according to this study, it may not be by suffocation (which is what I had always naively assumed). Nope, it’s much more grisly: “These and other constrictors can exert pressures dramatically higher than their prey’s blood pressure, suggesting that constriction can stop circulatory function and perhaps kill prey rapidly by over-pressurizing the brain

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