Brutal!: Viper Eats Centipede, Centipede Eats Way Out

April 18, 2014


This is a dead nose-horned viper found in Macedonia with a centipede poking its nasty little head out the hole it ate through the snake. Dammit Mother Nature, I thought we talked about this! Don't make me tell Father Time you've started drinking again. BRUTAL DETAILS:

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. But the centipede (Scolopendra cingulate) was actually heavier than the snake, tipping the scales at 114 percent of the snake's body weight (4.8 vs. 4.2 grams, or 0.17 vs. 0.14 ounces).

A dissection revealed that the snake's visceral organs were missing, or in other words, "the entire volume of its body was occupied by the centipede," the scientists wrote. For this reason, the researchers think it's possible the snake's dinner tried to claw its way out, destroying the viper's internal organs along the way, before eventually dying.

You know what I suspect really happened here? A competitive eating competition gone wrong. I bet all the vipers were hanging out seeing who could eat the biggest centipede when this shit hit the fan. Then all the other vipers panicked and ran (technically slithered) before the turtle police could show up, which took almost a week. PROTIP: If you can't predict the future don't even bother calling the turtle police for help.

Thanks to sean and Lila, who agree millipedes are far less terrifying than centipedes, but I wouldn't want to find either one in my bed at night.

  • BunchCroook

    Made is Event.

  • Mr. K

    *cancels Expedia booking to Macedonia next month*

  • rshill

    SO MUCH NOPE!!!!!!!!

  • Frédéric Purenne

    In today's lesson : chew your meals!

  • zin

    Good luck with that when you're reincarnated as a snake.

  • Sarigar

    That's metal.

  • zin


  • MustacheHam

    The predator has become the the most horrific way.

  • da1nonlysage

    yeah... those giant bugs catch bats mid flight. the snake was out of it's league, the poor bastard. Can you imagine that?

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    That's why I don't plan to eat any animal while it is still alive! That and eeeewwww factor.

  • Bertw192

    Oh dear god, I hope my hamburger doesn't become sentient.

  • Guest

    you think that bug is sentient? burgers don't need a mind to seriously fuck you up

  • Bertw192

    Since the definition of sentient is the ability to sense or feel... yeah... I believe the bug can sense pain.

    It most likely used it's sense of taste as it ate it's way through the snakes gut too.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    This broad definition of sentience brings some issues.
    Plants and robots with sensors have senses (perceive light, damage, etc) are they sentient? Is GW a bad person for wanting to kill robots?

  • Bertw192

    The definition of "sentient" is what it is... if plants and robots work their way into that definition, then so be it. Until they update the definition with "not plants and robots"... Then they'll continue to be sentient.

    I don't like Croc's being defined as a shoe, but until they change the definition of "shoe" to not include foam pieces of crap, I guess it is what it is.

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