Snake regurgitates hippo

This video appears to show a large snake regurgitating a small hippo that it was unable to digest. (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)


  1. I was *almost* expecting the hippo to stand up, put on sun-glasses and asking all involved to never talk about this.

  2. It’s regurgitating its prey because those people kept fscking with it. Think about it, it’s slow and sluggish with all that yummy food in it. As a defense measure, it pukes when harassed so it can escape if necessary.

  3. Reminds me of a date I had last year. Had a great time, but in the end it’s all about the chemistry, innit.

  4. #4: that’s what I thought, wouldn’t do much for my digestion if someone poked me with an oar after a meal. Great video though.

  5. DUFONG @2, It was new and interesting to me. And fortunately, whether something is new and interesting to me is the only filter I need to use when determining what to post.

  6. If the news announcer is to be believed, its happens in the interior of the State of São Paulo, in Brazil. The Hippo is likely an Anta or a really big Capivara

  7. yeah, kind of wonder what they did with the snake afterwards. What’s the local attitude? Do they value them or see them as meat and/or a threat to kids and livestock?

  8. could be the best inter-species BJ ever.

    BTW i think possibly this takes place in a zoo or park and that they possibly force the snake to regurgitate a prey that could not digest in order to save it. the snake that exploded by eating an aligator comes to mind.

    the people in the video don’t look like a random angry mob what with that long stick with the striped pad and all. could be wrong tho’

  9. Several people beat me to it…

    The video was from Brazil. The animal is most likely a tapir. Unless this happened at a zoo or a safari park, it was not a hippo.

  10. You know, when I woke up this morning I distinctly remember thinking to myself “No matter what happens today, at least I’ll go to sleep tonight not knowing what a snake looks like regurgitating a hippo/tapir/capibara.”

    What a fool I was.

  11. #9- No-Saint Exupery did put that chapter in…It’s right after the one where the businessman is mowed down by a disgruntled colleague and just before the lamp-lighter commits ritual immolation. Ah, the classics!

  12. The news announcer says the snake was pulled from the Rio Jacaré, which according to Gmaps is in Brotas (close to Araraquara, where the announcer says it happens) — so it wasn’t in a zoo or park

  13. I am going to have this image in my head anytime hereafter where I am at the porcelain throne.

    Anyone want to make a version where it goes backward after, then forward again? (-to Yakkity Sax, of course.)

    Someguy@28: FTW!

  14. Here’s to all the people that believe:

    • That Snakes this large live in Africa,
    • That hippo’s are also found in South America
    • Large constrictors can only be found in zoos,
    • That large constrictors eat hippos,
    • That they “explode” after eating their food…

    or that humans taunting and distressing a wild animal are actually trying to help it.

  15. @ Jaypee: I’m very glad to see someone who knows what they’re talking about. Kudos to you for being well read :3

  16. @43 – Isn’t it more like giving birth in forward? Or am I fundamentally misunderstanding the whole birth process? ;-)

  17. Definitely an anaconda, yellow belly with a clearly green/olive color on the skin and black spot patterns. Definitely wild and in South America. Definitely not a capibara, definitely a Tapir. It clearly has a snout unlike the capibara and the three clawed foot of the tapir. Hippos have a foot that is more similar to an elephants.

    The Tapir lives in the region and is a common prey along the Amazon basin. The villagers probably thought the anaconda had eaten a child or more likely live stock (a semi-common occurrence), and where goading it to vomit so that they could see what it had eaten. The reason the tapir looks shiny and smooth as opposed to hairy, is because of the acids and mucous from the snakes stomachs. I can confirm this personally as I’ve seen my own snake throw up a rat when it was taken to the vet too early after a feed (will never do that again.)

    I’d post more links but i think the biology majors here have been pedantic enough for one day.

  18. I’d find it hard to digest anything with a guy draggin me around by the neck and wacking me with a raft oar. Sheesh! Can’t a guy eat a hippo without someone getting all up in his grill?

  19. the only reason he threw it back up was because they were draggin at him and hitting him. i bet he worked hard to get that hippo too. i’d eat them to replace my lost meal.

  20. Oy. I could have probably lived my whole life very happily NOT seeing that. It was like a train wreck; once I hit play I couldn’t look away.

    Isn’t nature kind of awesome, though?

  21. The reason the snake spit that….whatever that was was because the stupid people in the back were bugging it, and the snake was scared. the snake wasnt able to get out of there with food in its stomach because it takes them a few hours to digest their food. since the snake was scared and wanted to just get away from the humans there it had to get rid of its food by throwing it out. so stupid people that were paddling the snake instead of just leaving it alone

  22. Maybe the people wanted to make sure it wasn’t a child in the snakes belly.

    I’ve read of one anaconda a while back that swallowed a child from a near village.

  23. 2 snakes 1 hippo… no, 2 paddlers 1 snake… oh, never mind… as long is it isn’t 2 girls 1 cup.

  24. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Thank you old school Boing Boing. @36 I thought maybe too, but realized that the elongated rigor mortis could only have occurred if it had been devoured by an anaconda or died stuck inside of a storm culvert.

  25. I work in a zoo and this video made the rounds in the office about a year and a half ago.

    General consensus was this happened in a zoo, where a reticulated python had eaten a juvenile hippo (which one had escaped and gotten into the other’s enclosure, who knows). The zookeepers were afraid the python could not safely digest the hippo, and so induced the snake into regurgitating the remains.

    Alternately, I guess they probably wanted their baby hippo back. A little too late and worse for wear, I’m afraid.

  26. “This video appears to show a large snake regurgitating a small hippo that it was unable to digest.”

    Not really. The prey doesn’t really look like a hippo (the head is the wrong shape) and it doesn’t look like the snake had any trouble digesting anything – it just was caught and harassed into regurgitating before it had time to digest the prey…

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