A wild Burmese python ate an entire cow only to die a gruesome death when its stomach burst open.

The 15ft-long snake slithered into a grassy pasture where it attacked a grazing two-year-old calf in Phitsanulok province, northern Thailand, on August 21.

The farmer searching for the missing cow, which had disappeared three days before, was shocked when he found the gory remains of both animals instead.

Footage shows the snake sprawled in the tall grass while its stretched stomach was torn apart from the pressure of eating the giant meal.

Village official Nirun Leewattanakul said: "The python must have been hungry and saw the cow.

"It then strangled the cow to kill it before swallowing its whole body.

"However, after the cow died inside the snake, its body became swollen and stretched the snake's stomach even more. It was such a scary scene."

The snake, estimated to be eight years old, eventually died because its stomach had ruptured before it could digest the dead cow.

After being checked by authorities, the animals were burnt and buried in the vacant lot.

No other animals were reported attacked by the snake.

Burmese pythons have an amazing ability to consume very large victims as they can easily digest food that is almost double their body mass.

Unfortunately, sometimes pythons overestimate their appetite and stories of snakes bursting open after swallowing a meal whole are not unheard of.

A python met a similar fate when it ate an entire alligator whole but was unable to digest it before the corpse began to decay.

The snake then had an agonising time when the rotting alligator body started to swell up as gases were released straight into its stomach.

Eventually, something had to give and the snake's body ruptured and it died, with witnesses finding the bodies of both animals floating in the river.

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