A video of a snake trying to eat itself has emerged on-line, with the cannibal reptile managing to swallow virtually half of its personal physique earlier than being rescued.
In a Facebook Live video, Jesse Rothacker, from the Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, is seen attempting to free the kingsnake from its personal jaws. However, the animal resists his makes an attempt because it tries to eat much more of its personal physique.
Kingsnakes are nonvenomous, opportunistic predators that usually kill their prey by constriction. They are recognized to eat different snakes—together with venomous rattlesnakes—and typically mistake their very own tails for meals. Normally, they take a chunk then notice their error.
However, the hungry kingsnake discovered by Rothacker didn’t let go, and as a substitute tried to eat its personal physique.
Rothacker informed Newsweek the snake in query was known as Kronos. He was delivered to the sanctuary just a few months in the past after his proprietor went to school. He is about 5 years previous and measures three ft in size.
“According to his history form, he had a habit of being an aggressive eater and had been observed many times biting himself over the years, even though he came from a great, caring home,” Rothacker mentioned.
In the video posted to Facebook, Rothacker mentioned it’s uncommon for kingsnakes to attempt to swallow themselves. “As you can see, he did not just find a snake to eat. He did not just nibble on himself. This poor kingsnake is actually in the process of swallowing his own tail… He is not the smartest kingsnake around.”
Rothacker then carries out a rescue try, tapping Kronos on the nostril and loosening his jaw. Eventually, Kronos begins to regurgitate his personal tail till he’s free. “Look how much of himself he’s eaten,” Rothacker says because the tail begins to come back out. “He must have swallowed almost half of his body…That is what happens when a kingsnake gets too hungry.” After being free of himself, Kronos was provided a mouse to eat—which he devoured down.
Rothacker mentioned some folks steered Kronos was consuming himself as a result of he was harassed. “We wish to level out this snake confirmed no indicators of stress, had loads of entry to meals and water and burrowing materials and a hiding cave and applicable temps, identical to all our snakes.
“Rough markings on his scales point out previous harm from digestive enzymes, suggesting that he had swallowed himself in earlier years, so it is in all probability a nasty behavior of his. Sometimes animals do foolish issues, like canines chasing their very own tails, or in rarer circumstances, snakes swallowing their very own tails.
“This snake seemed to have that odd occasional habit, although the rest of his behavior was happy and healthy, including climbing, burrowing, hiding, eating, drinking, and other popular snake forms of recreation and relaxation.”