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.

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