Could a Python eat an elephant?


On Neopythonic Guido van Rossum announces his new blog, The History of Python, and offers advice on eating elephants:

[…] the best way to eat an elephant is one meal at a time. So today I am publishing the first bit of the elephant, perhaps still somewhat uncooked, but at least it’s out there.

Coincidentally, in a new series starting this evening, UK broadcaster Channel 4 will also attempt to answer the question “Could you eat an elephant?”

Now Fergus and Jeremy are being sent on an epic culinary journey across Europe, Asia and Africa to truly test their own limitations. To find their culinary ceiling, the duo attempt to eat their way up through the ladder of animals considered taboo for consumption in Britain but very much part of the daily diet in other parts of the world.


Real pythons eschew Guido’s advice and eat things whole. You won’t have to search hard to find stomach-churning pictures of snakes swallowing large animals and family pets. But elephants? Maybe. In his classic book, “The Little Prince”, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry depicts a boa constrictor eating an elephant, not to be mistaken for a hat.

boa eats elephant

The Limoges Boutique stock a porcelain version. Hurry though, VERY FEW IN STOCK.

Limoges boa and elephant