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Video: A Boa Constrictor Tried to Eat a Porcupine, and the Results Are Not Pretty

What happens when a snake does battle with a porcupine? The end result is not very pretty . . .

If you’ve ever hunted with dogs, you can relate to this, the sight of a porcupine is enough to make you nearly jump out of your own skin. The last thing you want is your dog to get excited and stick its mug in a porcupine’s face, thinking it’s just another furry woodland creature.

This giant boa constrictor in Brazil learned that lesson the hard way.

We aren’t exactly sure what transpired prior to this clip, but here’s our best guess:

The porcupines quills were likely pushed back when the snake initially attacked it. When the boa attempted to swallow it head first, as that’s how they typically eat their prey, there was a struggle and the porcupine was able to deploy its quills piercing the snake’s skin from head to tail.

That’s just our best guess as to what happened here, but we’re much more confident in telling you this snake was very unhappy about whatever went down.

If that’s not enough to get under the snake’s skin, (pun intended) there’s also a dog barking at it the entire time. The more we think about it, the more this seems like a case of mistaken identity. Again, we can’t say for sure, but judging by how that dog is incessantly barking, maybe the snake had other intentions but grabbed a porcupine by mistake.