This python was far too greedy and it was the death of him.
The bloated 3.9 metre African rock python was found by a mountain biker, lying next to a cycle track at Lake Eland Game Reserve, near Port Shepstone, south of Durban on the east coast of South Africa.
The images were posted to the reserve’s Facebook page, and initially stumped the ranger who shared them.
“The African Rock Python who is close to our cycle track must have swallowed a small warthog or an impala calf!
The porcupine was 12.7kg!
Reserve general manager Jennifer Fuller said: “The exact reasons for the snake’s death are not clear.
“It is apparent that several porcupine quills were lodged inside the digestive tract.
“It had fallen off the rocky ledge.
“We don’t know if it died beforehand, or whether the fall drove some of the quills into its digestive tract.”