• Thiago Silva-Soares Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
  • Leticia Keiko Watanabe Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
  • Juliana Segadilha Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro



centipede, diet, roadkill, snake, venomous


Bothrops erythromelas is a terrestrial Viperidae snake that feeds mainly on small lizards, anurans and mammals. Scolopendra viridicornis is a highly venomous centipede with a strictly carnivorous diet, feeding on invertebrates and even small vertebrates. On March 1th, 2016, during a herpetological survey we observed a subadult male B. erythromelas road-killed with a dead centipede popping out from its body. We believe that the centipede was ingested by the snake, and broke out through the snake's body when it was run over. Our report is the first predation record between these two venomous species.

Author Biographies

Thiago Silva-Soares, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo

Museu de História Natural do Sul do Estado do Espírito Santo

Leticia Keiko Watanabe, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo

Departamento de Ciências Biológicas

Juliana Segadilha, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Museu Nacional, Departamento de Invertebrados


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