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Snake Gets Stuck In Its Shed Skin for Three Hours, Is Kind of Mesmerizing

The ouroboros is real.

by David Bixenspan
Jun 24 2016, 6:55pm

Everyone loves videos of animals being wacky. Especially kittens. The latest viral video of an animal being wacky is completely unlike any you've seen before, though.

The Alice Springs Reptile Center in Australia's Northern Territory posted a video that the staff felt "deserves to go viral" in the form of a snake shedding its skin, "accidentally enter[ing] its sloughed skin," and getting stuck, repeatedly going around and around in a perfect circle. This proceeded to go on for three hours before the snake busted out through a hole in the shed skin.

According to the Facebook post from the Center, "It's a Stimson's Python and has managed to shed completely within itself with its tail finishing inside its 'sloughed mouth!' So the Stimmy now fully sloughed is just going round and round inside its sloughed skin!" Those are a lot of exclamation points! The person maintaining their Facebook page had never seen anything like it in 30 years of working with reptiles, so there was excitement in the air.

Don't worry about the snake's health: It's fine, and it wasn't biting itself. "If the snake is healthy, and they don't get it snagged on anything, the skin usually comes off in one piece. But in a perfect circle? Well, that's very unusual."