Asian Snakes Spotted Disemboweling Toads Instead Of Swallowing Them Whole

KEY POINTS

  • 3 Asian snakes were documented eviscerating preys instead of swallowing them whole
  • It is the first time such feeding behavior was observed in the species
  • It’s possible that what they were eating has something to do with the behavior

For the first time, researchers observed snakes on three different occasions eviscerating toads instead of swallowing them whole. What could be behind these particularly gruesome attacks?

Snake is popularly known to eat its prey by swallowing it whole but for the first time, a team of researchers documented snakes that disemboweled prey instead of swallowing them whole.

In the study published in the journal Herpetozoa, the researchers describe three separate incidents during their observations in Thailand wherein they documented small-banded Kukri Snakes (Oligodon fasciolatus) using their enlarged posterior maxillary teeth to cut open their live preys.

“The snakes inserted their heads into the abdomen of the toads, pulled out

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