Snake Goes Round And Round Inside His Old Skin

A Stimson's python spent about three hours crawling in his shed skin before he broke out.

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Look closely and you can see the Stimson’s python inside its old skin. Via  Alice Springs Reptile Centre/Facebook
Look closely and you can see the Stimson’s python inside its old skin. Via Alice Springs Reptile Centre/Facebook
John Virata

Snakes shed their skin. That is a fact of their existence. Usually what they do is rub their nose on something abrasive, which loosens the old skin and then they simply crawl out of it.

For a Stimson’s python at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre in Australia, his shedding session didn’t go as planned. He got stuck in his old skin and ended up spending about three hours crawling inside and round and round his old skin.
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This deserves to go viral. Visitors to the Reptile Centre asked us about the snake shedding its skin and this is what was happening. 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! It actually looks like a steering wheel. Have been in the reptile business a long time and have never seen anything quite like it. Have seen similar but nothing as perfect as this. By the way he has now busted through!

Posted by Alice Springs Reptile Centre on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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“Visitors to the Reptile Centre asked us about the snake shedding its skin and this is what was happening,” the center posted on its Facebook page. “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! It actually looks like a steering wheel.”
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The Stimson’s python after it successfully crawled out of its old skin. Via Alice Springs Reptile Centre/Facebook

The Stimson’s python after it successfully crawled out of his old skin. Via Alice Springs Reptile Centre/Facebook

The facility reported that he eventually broke out through a hole in the side of the shed skin. Hopefully the next time he sheds, he will find his way out of his skin in a more timely fashion.

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