Last Supper: Snake Dies With Centipede Hanging From Mouth in Strange Photos

A rare snake died in the middle of eating a centipede, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Wildlife officials posted odd photos of the last supper on Facebook, showing the rear half of the centipede's body protruding from the snake's wide-open mouth.

According to the researchers, the two ill-fated animals were found at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida, where a park visitor happened upon them.

The reptile belonged to the state-threatened species of rim rocked crowned snakes, which live in pine rockland and hammock habitats in eastern Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys. Humans rarely catch sight of the seven- to nine-inch-long species, since they live under rocks and debris or in limestone cavities.

The prey was identified as a juvenile Keys giant centipede, which can grow as large as the crowned snake in its adulthood.

Crowned snakes immobilize their prey with mild venom. While some types of crowned snakes are known to eat centipedes, researchers said that the centipede represented "the first food record of any kind for the little-known rim rock species."

Officials fell short of explaining exactly how the face-off ended this way. "Crowned snakes are usually immune to the venom of centipedes, whose bites are painful to humans," they wrote, "but something went wrong during this encounter."

 Snake Dies With Centipede Hanging From Mouth
A rare snake died in the middle of eating a centipede at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Here, a Florida cottonmouth snake (Agkistrodon conanti) climbing among foliage in Florida. Smith Collection/Gado / Contributor/Archive Photos

Both animals are being turned over to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Under the Facebook post, 172 viewers have shared their fascination with the science along with a few one-liners at the snake's expense.

"Looks like he bit off more than he could chew," said a comment by Patricia Shulenburg.

"A case of his stomach was bigger than his mouth," added Lea S Drew.

In 2014, another grisly encounter between a snake and a centipede was discovered in Macedonia. Herpetologist Ljiljana Tomovic stumbled upon a dead nose-horned viper with a centipede's head emerging from its ruptured abdomen.

The snake had swallowed the centipede, which tried to eat its way out and died in the process, most likely from the snake's venom.

The prey appeared to have eviscerated its predator from the inside out, digesting its bones and gut. Tomovic and her colleagues said in a report that "only the snake's body wall remained."

In 1965, a group on the Greek island of Eubioa found a viper that looked "fat." The dead snake was cut open to expose a partially digested centipede with a broken neck, according to NBC News.