WATCH: Centipede Bursts from Snake's Stomach

Researchers found the dead nose-horned female viper with its prey exploding from its side during a field study in Macedonia on May 14 last year. Both creatures were dead.

The group of researchers stumbled upon a grisly scene during a field study in Macedonia last year: a dead nose-horned viper with a centipede's head sticking out of its ruptured abdomen.

Scientists discover a dead female viper with the head of a centipede sticking out of its belly.


It ended badly for both, the researchers say, with the dead centipede sticking halfway out of the stomach of the equally dead nose-horned viper.

According to Ljiljana Tomovic, all of them were astonished, as nobody has ever seen something like that. Tomovic is a Herpetologist at University of Belgrade.

The unfortunate nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) was a young female that stretched about 2 inches longer than the centipede (7.9 vs. 6 inches, or 20.3 vs. 15.4 centimeters), the researchers wrote last month in a brief report published in the journal Ecologica Montenegrina.

Nose-horned vipers are known for regularly going after small mammals, lizards, and birds. Occasionally, they're also known to eat centipedes.

The snake was dissected by the researchers which revealed its visceral organs were missing, meaning the entire volume of its body was "occupied by the centipede," according to the study.

Therefore, we cannot dismiss the possibility that the snake had swallowed the centipede alive, and that, paradoxically, the prey has eaten its way through the snake, almost reaching its freedom,
the scientists wrote.


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