Driving along a sandy road, we came across a python who was entering the grass on the left of us. We got out of the car and watched as the python made its way through the grass and climbed a nearby tree, looking down at us from its perch. I was surprised by how close we could stand to the snake, while it just looked down at us. It blended in well, and I was surprised by how effortlessly it seemed to climb the tree. It was the largest and most active African snake I got a chance to see, and as always, I was thrilled to see something in the wild I'd never seen before.
The snake was thick, but there was not an obvious bulge where it had eaten something. The other day on Animal Planet I saw a sort of disturbing episode of Untamed and Uncut where some family on safari came across a phython that had just eaten something HUGE and it was laying there unable to move. The python got nervous as the people approached because they were getting too close. It couldn't move with the big meal, so it regurgitated the baby antelope it had just eaten. This means that it waited for a meal, had a successful hunt, went to the trouble of eating it and making and using a lot of saliva in the process, and then took the time to swallow it - all for nothing. And the baby antelope died in vain too, not getting to be a meal for the predator that took it. (Though in Africa, some other predators no doubt took advantage of the meal). This is really too bad - the guide should have moved the people back and not allowed them to stress the snake, if the people didn't have the sense to move back themselves.
Believe it or not, the python I saw was a beautiful animal. That trip I gained a new respect for snakes.