May 08, 2012

Shedding its Skin

I was a bit worried about our king snake, Crispin.  He had been refusing to eat for almost a month, and he's been sitting in his pipe and not coming out very much for three weeks.  Their metabolism slows in winter, but this is the first time he's gone so long in spring.  Most likely, he is about to shed his skin.

(This is just a reference pic, NOT my actual snake.  Black Mambas aren't the best housepets, I'd imagine...)

Snakes shed their skin a few times a year in one long piece, unlike humans who just flake little bits off constantly.  So to loosen up the skin, they usually fast for a few weeks in order to reduce their body size underneath the old skin, and make it easier to wiggle out of it. They even shed a covering over their eyes.

After the shed, they emerge with shiny, tight new skin and eyes bright, full of energy and hungry to make up for lost time.

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Never thought I'd be jealous of a reptile, but I have my 20th High School Reunion next month. I was 6'2" and 150 lbs soaking wet, fresh from a growth spurt when I graduated.  Looking at myself now...

Is Fen-Phen still illegal?  Dammit.

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