Here’s a weird story out of Alice Springs, Australia: a python attempting to shed its skin got lost for three hours – inside its own skin.
The python is a resident of the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where employees report the snake was attempting a routine skin-molting. That’s something that snakes normally do; what they don’t normally do is accidentally crawl back into their outgoing garb.
Reminiscent of a dog chasing its tail (but a little more depressing to watch), the snake traveled around – and around, and around – in a perfect circle, inside its own skin. For three hours.
“It actually looks like a steering wheel. Have been in the reptile business a long time and have never seen anything quite like it,” a reptile center employee wrote on Facebook.
Finally, the python broke free of his epidermal prison, leaving a near-perfect snakeskin donut behind. According to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, the snake is perfectly fine after the ordeal, and has resumed its normal activities. (On a side note, this story leaves me wondering why none of these employees helped the creature. They did have three hours to do so, after all.)
The best part of this story? There’s a video of this; you can watch the entire three-hour ordeal here.
(Just kidding; it’s only 20 seconds.)
(Photo courtesy of Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Facebook via www.HuffingtonPost.com)