Researchers found dead horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) with its head sticking out of the victim at the time of field research in Macedonia on May 14 last year. Hungry snake swallowed entirely ringed centipede (Scolopendra cingulata), but she made a last desperate attempt to escape from captivity and managed to chew out of the stomach.
Once opened, it turned out that the centipede literally gutted snake inside.
All of us were surprised, none of us is nothing like so far not seen reports Ljiljana Tomovic (Liliana Tomović, herpetologist, University of Belgrade.
The snake was found during field surveys in the vicinity of Golem Grad in Macedonia on the island of 18 acres on the island of Presley. The island is literally strewn with the bones of snakes. The remains were found dead viper researcher Dragan Arsovski (Dragan Arsovski) under a stone.
The length of the snake was 20 cm 3, when the length of skolopendry - 15, 4 centimeters. At the same time, centipede weighed 4, 8 grams when Adder - 4, 2 grams.
"Horned viper regularly eats small mammals, lizards, birds, and, in particular, centipedes, but in this case the snake" seriously underestimated "the size and strength of its production", - the scientist wrote in his report for the magazine Ecologica Montenegrina.
"The autopsy revealed that the organs were no snakes or, in other words," the whole body volume was occupied by a centipede. " In this connection, the scientists suggest that the "snake dinner," his way to freedom by eating the internal organs of the snake.