"Big pythons are incredibly powerful animals with huge muscles to both move and eat and constrict," said Stephen Ressel, a professor at the College of Atlantic. "They certainly can pack a huge force as they're constricting."
Then comes the swallowing. Pythons can swallow humans because their lower jaw is indirectly attached to their skull, allowing it to expand. Also, a python's lower jaw comes apart, allowing it to further open up. Over the course of about an hour, Greene estimates, the snake would walk its teeth over a person's body until it is completely inside the animal's stomach.
A person's body would be digested by the snake's stomach acid, Greene said.
Akbar's death, noted Greene, isn't the first one. In a study he