A group of scientists in Macedonia made a gruesome discovery on the island of Golem Grad. The 44-acre Golem Grad is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including hundreds of nose-horned vipers. The researchers were conducting a field study of the local wildlife, when they found something terrifying.
One researcher turned over a rock in a clearing to discover a dead female viper with the head of a centipede sticking out of its belly.
Ljiljana Tomović, one of the researchers on the field study, said, “All of us were astonished, as nobody has ever seen something like this.”
Nose-horned vipers are known for regularly going after small mammals, lizards, and birds. Occasionally, they’re also known to eat centipedes.
Unfortunately for this particular viper, this centipede did not want to go down without a fight. Judging from the post-mortem examination, it looks like the viper was able to initially eat the centipede. However, once it was swallowed, the centipede tried to claw its way out of the viper’s stomach. It nearly succeeded.
The team was able to confirm this story because most of the snake’s vital organs were missing when they examined it.