STRANGE BUT TRUE

Central Telegraph - - NEWS / THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY -

A SNAKE in In­dia gave by­standers a sur­prise when it re­gur­gi­tated its last meal.

The snake had swal­lowed an­other snake and then pro­ceeded to force the en­tire meal back out.

The uniden­ti­fied per­son who filmed the en­counter told News­flare he found the snake out­side his home in Kan­nur, Ker­ala, over the week­end and thought it was dead.

He poked it to be sure and that’s when the snake re­vealed it was still alive.

The rep­tile was likely just di­gest­ing, which can take a snake sev­eral days. Dur­ing that time, they of­ten don’t move much.

How­ever, a lit­tle stress, such as an en­counter with a preda­tor – or maybe a hu­man with a stick and a cam­era – can trig­ger a re­flex­ive puke ses­sion.

“If the an­i­mal gets stressed or star­tled, such as by a po­ten­tial preda­tor, a full stom­ach makes fight or flight dif­fi­cult,” Rep­tiles Magazine said.

“It then re­gur­gi­tates its food item, thus evac­u­at­ing its stom­ach, which makes ac­tiv­ity much eas­ier.”

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