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  • Snakes on Random Animals That Devour Their Prey In Just One Bite

    (#1) Snakes

    • Serpentes

    Anyone who has seen National Geographic has probably seen a snake swallowing something massive. It's possible because snakes don't have jaws, right? Wrong! Snakes don't even have jaws that can dislocate; they have ligaments that can stretch to a pretty decent capacity. 

    What's truly remarkable is what allows a snake to actually digest whole prey. A group of scientists took X-rays and did some testing while a Burmese python swallowed and digested an alligator. When a snake begins to feed, it kicks off a series of biological reactions: increased heart rate, increased metabolism, increased enzyme activity, and the stomach pH drops. The researchers found that within a week, the alligator had been completely digested. 

  • Great Blue Heron on Random Animals That Devour Their Prey In Just One Bite

    (#6) Great Blue Heron

    • Ardea herodias

    Great blue herons are all over North America, so chances are, you've seen one out in the wild. They look like less cool flamingos, standing peacefully in the water on their skinny legs. Peaceful they are not, however. The great blue heron also swallows its prey whole.

    The heron eats fish and other water creatures, and that makes perfect sense. But land creatures are in danger, too. A great blue heron was filmed in someone's yard eating a baby gopher. The heron picks it up and then eventually chokes it down whole. They are not picky eaters, either. They will eat anything from shrimp to frogs to small rodents to your very expensive koi in your backyard pond

  • Crocodile on Random Animals That Devour Their Prey In Just One Bite

    (#2) Crocodile

    • Crocodylidae

    Though pythons have swallowed crocodiles and alligators, crocs have similar biological mechanisms in place to swallow and digest whole prey. Crocodiles have something that snakes don't to help them gobble up their prey in one fell swoop: gizzard stones. Crocs have gizzard stones in their stomachs to help digest things that are not easily digestible, like bones. This is just part of why they can swallow prey that's up to 23% of their body mass

    Because crocs can eat so much in one meal, they're able to go long periods of time without eating if they must. It's likely that that attribute contributed to the longevity of crocs - they've been around for 80 million years

  • Frog on Random Animals That Devour Their Prey In Just One Bite

    (#3) Frog

    • Anura

    No, seriously. Frogs can eat snakes. An Australian tree frog was caught on camera swallowing a snake whole (yes, this is as amazing as it sounds). 

    Though frogs aren't eating prey that's massively bigger than them, like the olive python, they still swallow their prey whole. It's not uncommon for a larger frog to eat a mouse whole, for example. Some bullfrogs have also eaten other frogs. No one is safe from that guy. 

    So, how can frogs do this? It makes sense that a snake has muscles to crush and push down prey. But frogs clearly don't have that capability. They are, however, pushing down food -with their eyes. When swallowing, its eyes retract downward towards the esophagus, effectively pushing down prey.

  • Shark on Random Animals That Devour Their Prey In Just One Bite

    (#10) Shark

    • Selachimorpha

    Sharks aren't the terrifying killers you probably think they are (a 100-pound shark eats about three pounds of fish per day), mainly because they have slow metabolisms. 

    Wobbegongs, however, are what probably fuel nightmares. The wobbegong was spotted along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia inhaling another shark. Not chewing... swallowing whole. 

    If the picture didn't convince you that the wobbegong should not be messed with, don't forget that it has very sharp teeth and very strong jaws, just in case you are too big for it to swallow in one gulp. If the wobbegong snatches you, you are out of luck. 

  • Turtle on Random Animals That Devour Their Prey In Just One Bite

    (#9) Turtle

    • Testudines

    Turtles, like many predators on this list, don't have teeth. Some have beaks, while others have lips. The ones with beaks can exert tons of pressure to snap their prey into nice bite-sized pieces. The ones with lips, like soft-shelled turtles, simply swallow their prey by sucking it down. No crazy enzymes or muscles to crush prey here! 

    Turtles have been filmed basically vacuuming up jellyfish, which looks like a twisted version of the spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp.

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Many animals and plants in the world rely on swallowing to feed, and snakes are the most common animal. The scenes in most documentaries are where animals eat after killing their prey, but nature is crueler. If you see a python's belly bulging, it is likely that the prey it just swallowed has not been digested. Some animals can even devour other animals that are as heavy as they are, or even larger.

The attack of some small animals is also very lethal, and their crazy feeding process is even more disgusting. After capture, they will devour the prey in one bite without chewing. The random tool lists 11 scary animals that can devour prey in one bite.

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