An alternative way for Kukri snakes to eat: remove the internal organs, or to avoid toxins.

According tomedia reports, snakes are known to like to swallow their prey, but some snakes found in Thailand have developed a terrible different eating habit, they will be alive when the dragonflies take out their internal organs. The team, led by Danish reptile scientist Henrik BRINGSOE, captured the new feeding strategy on camera. In a paper published this month in Herpetozoa, the researchers described it as “a so far unknown pattern of snake predation”.

An alternative way for Kukri snakes to eat: remove the internal organs, or to avoid toxins.

It is understood that this small striped kukri snake lives in Thailand and feeds on Asian black-spotted pythons. The dark spots secrete a toxin in their necks and backs to stop predators. But the snake seems to have found a way around the problem. Bringsoe recorded three examples in which a snake cut open the side of a dragonfly, then put its head in and took the organs out one by one.

An alternative way for Kukri snakes to eat: remove the internal organs, or to avoid toxins.

“The fight we saw lasted a couple of hours, depending on the snake’s first organs,” Bringsoe said.

In the fourth example, an adult kukri snake swallowed an entire python, raising a lot of questions about eating behavior. Do snakes avoid toxins by looking for organs? Is it safer to eat if it’s less toxic? Researchers don’t have an answer yet.