Fri. Dec 13th, 2019

WATCH: Snake swallows its own tail

A reptile sanctuary in Pennsylvania is accustomed to rescuing animals from neglect or abandonment, but a snake needed help for a different kind of predicament: It was eating itself.Jesse Rothacker, of The Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in Lancaster County, posted a Facebook video Friday morning showing the kingsnake, which he estimated had swallowed half its body.Kingsnakes eat other snakes, and it’s actually not uncommon for them to bite themselves. But this one, he said, did a little more.”They will sometimes see their own tail. They’ll think it’s a snake. They’ll take a bite out of it, and they’ll realize they bit themselves. They don’t usually swallow themselves,” Rothacker said.Rothacker first tried tapping the snake’s nose. He said that makes the reptile nervous, and if it’s nervous while it’s eating, it’ll let go of the food. Unfortunately, that didn’t work.Rothacker then tried unhinging the snake’s jaw. He got the snake’s lower teeth loose, then the upper ones, which finally convinced the snake to let go.The snake has been adopted, Rothacker said, and the new owners are expected to pick it up this weekend.”I’m going to have to tell them the last time he ate was Friday morning, but it was himself. He actually ate his own tail, and then he spit it back up. He is not the smartest kingsnake around,” Rothacker said.

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. —

A reptile sanctuary in Pennsylvania is accustomed to rescuing animals from neglect or abandonment, but a snake needed help for a different kind of predicament: It was eating itself.

Jesse Rothacker, of The Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in Lancaster County, posted a Facebook video Friday morning showing the kingsnake, which he estimated had swallowed half its body.

Kingsnakes eat other snakes, and it’s actually not uncommon for them to bite themselves. But this one, he said, did a little more.

“They will sometimes see their own tail. They’ll think it’s a snake. They’ll take a bite out of it, and they’ll realize they bit themselves. They don’t usually swallow themselves,” Rothacker said.

Rothacker first tried tapping the snake’s nose. He said that makes the reptile nervous, and if it’s nervous while it’s eating, it’ll let go of the food. Unfortunately, that didn’t work.

Rothacker then tried unhinging the snake’s jaw. He got the snake’s lower teeth loose, then the upper ones, which finally convinced the snake to let go.

The snake has been adopted, Rothacker said, and the new owners are expected to pick it up this weekend.

“I’m going to have to tell them the last time he ate was Friday morning, but it was himself. He actually ate his own tail, and t

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