The following paper examines the link between burrowing ability and the stress and strain resistance provided by increased endosteal tissue formation (specifically compacted coarse cancellous bone (CCCB)) in aardvarks:
Physiological constraints associated with digging, however, are known to be strongly influenced by body size, and larger burrowers are ...
That actually looks like some sort of caddisfly larvae in its case to me.
Are you sure that's it's 'body' & not a case?
Did you find it in water?
Or a Case Bearing Clothes Moth (Caddisfly are closely related to moths).
This one (a clothes moth larvae) looks very similar to your image.
I've seen a deer eating a live bird so a snake eating grapes doesn't surprise me.
My philosophy is that animals know better than us what they are doing, so if someone is mistaking it's probably us.
Anyway, my answer would be that this snake needs a substance (perhaps the acid since it's unrip) contained in those grapes, if it's not for feeding then it's for ...
According to https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jnms/70/3/70_3_250/_pdf/-char/ja (open access) the early gestational sac can be located by ultrasound, and usually is high in the uterus, more often on the left or right than in the middle. They provide an illustration of the distribution.
I'm not aware of any confirmed cases of melanism in snow leopards either.
There are some relevant studies on the evolution of melanism on Felidae. Melanism seems to occur only in two extant species of the genus Panthera (Panthera onca and Panthera pardus). There is a direct correlation between melanistic colorations and enviroment (especially humidity):
I presume it can only spit once or twice only An unwise presumption.
These cobras exhibited distinct control of venom flow with spits averaging 1.7% of the volume of the venom gland, thus enabling the cobras to rapidly expel over 40 consecutive spits ... There was no significant difference in the amount of venom spat between the first few spits and the ...
If you live in the Costa Rica rainforest then your parrot may be better off living outside in the jungle.If you live in downtown New York City then your parrot is better off living inside with you.Starvation , predation and accidents(especially in urban areas) are three main causes of early death in many species.