A new snake species was found in the stomach of a coral snake (shown) in 1976, and has only now been described
New snake species discovered ….. in the stomach of another snake - life short science news

A snake that had been found in the stomach of a Central American coral snake Southern Mexico in 1976 turns out to be a new species. Researchers have baptized it Cenaspis aenigma (something like « mysterious dinner snake).

It has quite a few characteristics that are unknown to other snakes, prompting the researchers to place it in a new genus.

Based on some physical features, it seems likely that Cenaspis aenigma feeds on insects and spiders and lives in burrows. This might explain why, surprisingly, this newly-descibed snake has never been observed in the wild.

Read the full story: University of Texas – Arlington
Scientific publication: Journal of Herpetology


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