Transfer over, python — this tiny snake holds the report for swallowing the biggest prey complete relative to physique dimension

Snakes are identified for gulping down really gargantuan meals. Nonetheless, one species of serpent outpaces all of them, consuming the biggest prey relative to its dimension of any identified snake — and it is not the python.

Often called the Gans’ egg-eater (Dasypeltis gansi), this skinny, nonvenomous African snake has a gape so huge that it could possibly swallow spherical hen eggs complete regardless of its diminutive dimension, which tops out at about 40 inches (102 centimeters) in size. Its skill to dine on prey a lot bigger than itself comes from the stretchy pores and skin that connects the snake’s left and proper decrease jawbones, permitting it to open its maw exceedingly huge, based on a examine revealed Aug. 8 within the Journal of Zoology.

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