Incredible Photo: Snake Eats Centipede, Then Centipede Eats Snake

(Photo: Ecologia Montenegrina)

The snake saw the centipede as a large meal. The centipede returned the favor.

A herpetologist in Macedonia found this unusual scene on Golem Grad, an island in that nation also known as "Snake Island." A study published by Dragan Arsovski and his colleagues describes it. They suspect that a female nose-horned viper tried to eat a centipede. It got the centipede down its throat, but the centipede fought back, eventually killing the snake.

Then the centipede, sort of like Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, began to eat its way out of the snake. The centipede almost succeeded, breaking free from the snake's body, when the snake's venom finally killed it.

Rest in peace, centipede. We admire your grit.

-via Popular Science

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