In all the man-versus-python stories, the snake is almost always the coldblooded antagonist.
Reticulated pythons like the ones involved in two attacks in Indonesia this year are among the world’s longest and strongest. They kill by coiling around their prey and squeezing until its heart stops. Then the serpents swallow their victims whole.
It’s certainly the stuff of villains. Even when the end result isn’t death, the attacks often make international headlines.
But scientists and snake lovers say the strikes may be more than just alarming stories about reptilian foes. They may be the indirect result of our global food chain’s insatiable desire for an inexpensive product.
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