When a visitor to a state park on Key Largo found the snake, the dead reptile had a giant centipede stuck in its throat.


The rim rock crowned snake (Tantilla oolitica) is the rarest snake in North America, and scientists hadn’t glimpsed one in the wild in more than four years. But when one of the elusive snakes recently turned up in a state park in Florida, the sighting wasn’t a happy one — the snake was a corpse in a gruesome wildlife death scene.

A visitor to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Key Largo found the dead snake on Feb. 28; it had choked on a giant centipede that was still lodged partway down its gullet. (The centipede, which had been swallowed headfirst, was also deceased.)



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By GIL