posted on Apr, 18 2014 @ 02:58 PM
Sometimes, instinct is
an imperfect teacher.
This poor viper misjudged what she was after, and it came back to bite her in the @ss ... almost literally.
After being swallowed whole by a snake, it made one last desperate attempt to escape by eating its way out of her stomach.
The pictures are similar to pictures of the alligator/python in the Everglades, but this was a legitimate finding. Apparently, baby vipers eat this
type of centipede all the time, but this baby made a deadly miscalculation.
Tomovic came to a conclusion that the juvenile snake also ate its meal alive due to the full-grown insect's tough invertebrate. (what's up with
people not editing their papers nowadays?)
'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,' she wrote. in an article headed 'Two fangs good, a hundred legs better'.
So, basically, the centipede was little like those unlikely scenarios you sometimes see or read about where the protagonist gets swallowed by the big
monster and cuts his way out. It almost worked out for it, too.