9 animals and 1 plant for the production of ingesting one bite
The laws of nature are inexorable: to survive, predators (both animals and plants) have to eat other living beings, and some of them swallow their victims live that condemns those in the unenviable prospect to spend the last moments of his life, seeing before him a wall of the stomach and gradually digesting. In this collection you will find ten predators with such gastronomic cravings.
Almost all species of snakes may consume their prey whole - some mice, and other animals such as large and goats and even alligators. Snake is able to stretch, taking the size of the victim, and a unique device allows her jaw wide open mouth. However, one of the alligators somehow managed to get out of the snake's body, he pushed his feet, but such instances are rare enough.
Recently, during the observation of snakes it became known another curious case: a huge reptile swallowed entire pregnant sheep - so, three living creatures were one inside the other, like a Matryoshka.
In the popular science films about wildlife are often shown as frogs and toads consume insects, but few people know that some of the larger species of amphibians, such as the African bullfrog, reaching a length of 30 cm, is able to eat even small mammals like mice, consuming them alive.
These birds look almost like seagulls, differing from them a huge beak. Scientists managed to shoot as pelicans swallowed whole, such as doves, And it's not "fake", and such cases are not rare: Dozens of people were talking about what they saw as pelicans completely absorb small, and sometimes large birds. Nature is rational: pelicans - predators and simply use their advantages over other birds to survive.
This nickname was the European angler for his unusual appearance. This predator grows up to six meters in length and the weight reaches more than 20 kg. Anglers are found at depths ranging from 18 to 550-ti m and distributed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Europe, in the Black, Baltic, Barents and North Seas, the Gulf of Guinea and the English Channel.
These prudent hunters waiting leisurely fish shallow burrowing in the sand, and even a few minutes can hold his breath so as not to scare off the prey, and when it passes by, carnivore opens huge mouth and instantly sucks to the victim, and then swallow alive.
5. The Turtles
It would seem that the world is no more lovely and friendly creatures than turtles. However, some of them slow only on land and in the water are transformed into formidable and nimble hunters, especially for small marine animals, and many of the turtles even eat the entire jellyfish.
Turtle jaws typically consist of rigid non-sensitive tissues, which allows reptiles no fear of burning characteristic serving jellyfish defense reaction. For people it is a burning sensation can be quite painful, but the turtles feed on jellyfish with ease.
6. Sharks (but not those which you think)
To be honest, this list would have looked more appropriate to the great white shark, but it turned out that these gigantic animals, the "stars" of the film "Jaws", thoroughly chew your food. One can imagine the surprise of the photographer of the magazine "National Geographic", when he was captured as a shark eats the other. Some members of the order carpet shark sharks that inhabit the coast of Australia, swallow whole fish, among which there are also other sharks. It sounds like the Australians purposely invented for these ruthless predators funny name, so as not to scare tourists, surfers.
After watching the Harry Potter films, which was hand-owl Hedwig (in other translations - Hedwig, Hedwig), many tend to think owls harmless and docile pets, not cunning and ruthless predators, they are in reality.
In reality, the owl can literally "suck" production, so it is better still admire the habits of these birds from a distance, for example, in a series of films about the young wizard from Hogwarts.
This plant proves that carnivores are not just animals. Usually pitcher prey are spiders or some unwary insects, which attracted the sweet smell of a flower. Victims tend to fall into the "pitcher" can not stick to its slippery edge, and then a few days to digest in a sticky mass at the bottom of the flower.
The researchers argue that the aroma jug sometimes come and small rodents like mice, which also fall into the "mouth" insidious plants.
It would seem, why representatives of the order of cetaceans in their huge size (particularly blue whales) do not eat, such as large marine animals, like some sharks? However, as it turned out, it is only capable of whales and the blue whale can hardly swallow even grapefruit - these mammals is very narrow pharynx, so almost all whales feed on plankton. Orca - another thing, they prefer to swallow the entire seal cubs, rather than settle for crustaceans and small fish, in addition, these predators - one of the few marine creatures who are afraid even great white sharks.
10. Black Crookshanks
This unique, but not very beautiful-looking fish, which bears the name hiazmodon (lat. Chiasmodon niger), a little-known, although black Crookshanks has one interesting feature - it can absorb predator prey larger than itself. Crookshanks have a huge belly, which can accommodate a sacrifice ten times heavier than the fish itself, even snakes, which are also incredibly flexible, incapable of it - it's as if the person has eaten the entire living hippo.
In nature, there are many amazing creatures, and let the person feels the apex of creation, do not forget about our younger brothers, including the most exotic and strange like black Crookshanks.