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Boa Constrictor Versus Porcupine..Who Wins

The usual diet for the boa constrictor is chickens and baby piglets.  But what happens when a boa sees a nice fat porcupine?  Instant regret, that’s what.  As a general rule, herbivores don’t stand a chance with a carnivorous animal.  That’s why they develop traits that cuts down on their odds of becoming a meal.  The gazelle developed speed and the elephant, tusks and of course the porcupine developed quills.

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In the animal kingdom when the biggest, strongest and fastest reign supreme, other herbivores that don’t hunt need to develop some form of protection.

Whether it be the speed of a gazelle or the tusks of an elephant, animals that are not natural predators have to create some sort of defense mechanism. Read on to find out what happens when a boa constrictor tried to eat a porcupine.

 And that’s exactly what happened when the boa constrictor tried to wrap its long torso around the prey. (It didn’t help that the snake tried to squeeze its prey to death when the prey had long, sharp quills.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Where other predators use vision to dictate if an animal can be taken down or not, a snake usually uses thermal or chemical sensory mechanisms.
Thus, the snake was not able to see the quills flare up and it was too late by the time the snake wrapped itself around the porcupine.
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The boa managed to swallow the porcupine and he fell from a ledge and died but conservationists could not sat whether or the quills killed the boa.
They cut the boa open and found the porcupine inside:
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I’ll call it a draw.
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