Are there animals that can survive swallowed by another animal?

There are a few animals that can survive being eaten, and the skill might help them spread and colonize new regions

  • By Sandrine Ceurstemont

26 April 2017

Paarsurrey quotes some passages from the above article.

“It was probably the trip of a lifetime. In 2012, biologists on an expedition to East Timor in southeast Asia spotted a brahminy blind snake wriggling out of somewhere quite unexpected: the rear end of a common Asian toad.

Mark O’Shea from the University of Wolverhampton in the UK and his colleagues witnessed the unusual event by chance after finding the pair under a rock. It is the first account of prey surviving digestion by a toad and of an animal as big as a blind snake emerging from a digestive tract alive.

“It’s quite surprising that a vertebrate, which has lungs, was able to survive,” says O’Shea.

” For prey swallowed by a toad or a bird, however, chances of survival might be a little higher. These animals often push food to the back of their throat before swallowing it, which may boost the odds of safe entry into the digestive system. “

” This almost certainly helps explain how an incredibly toxic amphibian – the rough-skinned newt – can survive being swallowed by a frog. Once it enters the frog’s stomach, the newt’s toxins kill the frog before its digestive juices can really get to work. Then the newt* simply has to crawl back up the dead frog’s throat and out of its mouth. “

Paarsurrey asks from its viewers, doesn’t it provide clue to survival of Jonah when swallowed by a whale and then vomited him from its throat out on the earth, please?



Taricha granulosa (Rough-skinned newt).JPG
The rough-skinned newt or roughskin newt (Taricha granulosa) is a North American newt known for the strong toxin exuded from its skin


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