‘Twere frog legs, the snake itself had no legs’

September 18th, 2008 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 18 (IANS) Researchers of the Kerala University have proved that a snake, killed in city suburbs, had no legs. Instead those were the legs of a frog that the snake had swallowed.The incident took place early this week when a snake having a pair of legs was killed. Large number of people had gathered to see the rarity. Also, the discovery was highlighted in media reports.

Professor Oommen V. Oommen head of the Zoology department at the university decided to delve deeper into the anatomy of the snake.

Speaking to IANS, Oommen said he decided to take a chance because he was interested in resolving the mystery.

“We reached the place yesterday and to our surprise and joy even though the incident was three-days-old we recovered the dead snake,” he said.

On returning to the laboratory they opted to take an X-ray and then dissected it.

“We cleaned the dead snake properly. Then it was dissected and soon it was found that there was a frog that the snake had swallowed before itself being killed. The legs of the frog had come out through either side of the body of the snake. We think we have done something good because the myth of a snake that has legs is now proved wrong,” said Oommen.

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