In the stomach of the snake, found the reptile of an unknown species

In the stomach of the snake, found the reptile of an unknown species

Several decades, scientists have kept on the dusty shelves of a charming specimen of the coral snake, and when I finally opened it — found in the stomach of another snake, though unknown to science.

Digestive system — probably not the most popular place for searching new species of animals. However, it is in the guts of the Central American coral snake (Micrurus nigrocinctus) scientists have discovered unknown to science reptile. Believe it or not, but it’s not even the most interesting part of the story. In fact, the sample was obtained for a long time, he had 40 years to spend in the store, waiting their turn.

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The researchers have named a new species Cenaspis aenigma (lit. “the mysterious serpent dining”, cena = lunch, aspis = snake, aenigma = secret). It occurs from Chiapas, Mexico, and is currently known only from one polupereprevshego instance. In July 1976 it was discovered by a local worker found in the forests of Cerro Baul large coral snake. The researchers knew that this exotic beauty is not averse to eat other snakes, but did not attach any importance to this. Finding the belly reptiles some foreign body, they began to study it, but simply postponed the discovery till the best times.

After 40 years of coral snakes was brought of a new species — an adult male with a length of almost 26 cm according to some features, for example, the elongated skull and the nature of the scales, the herpetologists suggested that this burrowing snake — this species most of my life are under the earth. Interestingly, in addition to the unusual pattern on the scaly snake’s well-developed teeth and powerful jaws. Usually burrowing snakes live in the woods and feed on soft prey slugs and earthworms — but this, apparently, prefers cockroaches and millipedes with a hard chitinous shell.