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Centipede Eats Viper, From Inside Out
Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, April 19, 2014

Posted on 04/19/2014 4:36:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Grisly fight for freedom

The picture as published in 'Ecologica Montenegrina' showing the centipede bursting out of the snake's stomach. (Pic courtesy: Ecologica Montenegrina) The picture is not for those with weak stomachs and the report itself is as creepy as its protagonist.

However, if you are looking at the picture, then you may well be looking at the most famous centipede known to man.

Also famous now is the Ecologica Montenegrina a hithertho Montenegro college journal of science that published the find.

A viper is believed to have swallowed centipede alive. The centipede then fought back – and the paper published by Ljiljana Tomovic, a Serbian herpetologist, and called ‘Two fangs good, a hundred legs better’ – suggests the centipede ate its way out of the viper’s body.

Both creatures were found dead by a group of researchers who stumbled upon the grisly scene during a field study in Macedonia last year.

After a post-mortem, the scientists think it is possible that the centipede quite literally ate the snake from inside out.

It is not the first time that a snake has underestimated its prey.

In 2005, a four-metre Burmese python was found dead after attempting to digest a two-metre-long American alligator.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: centipede; nature; viper

1 posted on 04/19/2014 4:36:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Centipedes creep me out more than spiders.

Have to hand it to the centipede though.


2 posted on 04/19/2014 4:44:41 PM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: nickcarraway

Centapeeds and spiders give me the creeps! To many legs, and a body that is just filled with pus. No thanks!


3 posted on 04/19/2014 4:45:04 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve seen women do this to some pretty strong men...


4 posted on 04/19/2014 4:46:11 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

5 posted on 04/19/2014 4:49:25 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be," -Epitap)
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To: Antihero101607

In the summer we have an off and on problem with house centipedes. I am absolutely terrified of the things. When it gets warm, I start sticking my head into rooms before I enter, scanning the upper walls near the ceiling.


6 posted on 04/19/2014 5:30:03 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Vendome

Vendome!!! laughing my head off.....


7 posted on 04/19/2014 5:37:58 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (God is not dead!)
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To: Shimmer1

; = )


8 posted on 04/19/2014 5:39:23 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

I never thought I would feel bad or sorry for a snake.


9 posted on 04/19/2014 5:48:42 PM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: Vendome

Ugly thing to watch...


10 posted on 04/19/2014 5:49:50 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: nickcarraway

There was some nature special about centipedes recently - apparently the little monsters can prey on scorpions, tarantulas, small birds and rodents. Eating a small viper from the inside out doesn’t seem like a stretch for these vicious little bastards - I just hope they don’t start wondering what people taste like.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 6:15:24 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Dallas59

That’s all I’m gonna say about that.


12 posted on 04/19/2014 6:54:02 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Over my computer desk.

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13 posted on 04/19/2014 7:33:00 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Luckily the bigger Hawaiian ones cannot climb much of anything that I have seen so far. Maybe when they get too big?


14 posted on 04/19/2014 8:04:04 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

The ones I have go anywhere they want to go. This one is about 3” overall.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 8:20:03 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Over my computer desk.

I'd move the desk before that thing drops into your morning coffee and ends up in your digestive tract - as that viper can attest, centipedes apparently no longer consider being eaten to be an impediment to their lifestyle.
16 posted on 04/20/2014 9:38:05 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

They don’t bother me, I don’t bother them. Out here in the woods critters are just a fact of life.


17 posted on 04/20/2014 9:55:10 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: nickcarraway; JoeProBono; Revolting cat!; GeronL

It’s a centipede eats viper world.


18 posted on 04/21/2014 7:03:34 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Slings and Arrows

“What’s eating you today?”


19 posted on 04/21/2014 7:04:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Daffynition

“What’s bugging you?


20 posted on 04/21/2014 7:04:15 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise


21 posted on 04/21/2014 7:07:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: a fool in paradise
It's that Mediterranean diet everyone is talking about.


22 posted on 04/21/2014 7:26:28 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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23 posted on 04/21/2014 7:31:30 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: Daffynition


24 posted on 04/21/2014 7:38:51 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

LOL...isn’t it opening day of fishing season?


25 posted on 04/21/2014 7:50:14 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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