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So How Do Animals Swallowed Alive Actually Die and Do Any Animals Ever Get Out Alive After?

So How Do Animals Swallowed Alive Actually Die and Do Any Animals Ever Get Out Alive After?

By Eric Flynn

As you might expect, death for creatures swallowed whole depends on what creatures eat them. Some of the most famous animals known for swallowing prey whole—snakes—actually kill their prey before consuming it, either through venom or constriction. So, supposing an animal’s prey survives its foray in the mouth of its predator: what happens to it next? Of course, the next question that’s bound to arise when considering this morbid issue is: Outside of obvious creatures like certain parasites, can other creatures feasibly survive being swallowed alive? When it comes to the highest-evolved of animals, however, that animal’s greatest asset— personality and free thought—sometimes override this safeguard.