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Snake in a bind after eating its own tail

Published by Waleed Fakhroo on December 2, 2009


When confronted by a free lunch, it was natural for him to want a bite. But the greedy reptile was literally chasing his own tail.

Reggie’s owner found him with a mouthful of himself, and headed straight for the vets. Little did he know that Reggie was close to digesting himself. Removing his tail required patience and skill because the snake’s teeth face inwards.

‘Its teeth were acting like a ratchet,’ said vet Bob Reynolds, from Faygate, West Sussex.

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This snake’s owner rushed the hungry reptile to the vet after it lunge at its own tail

‘If a snake like this one is kept in a space that is too small then there is always a temptation for it to lunge at its own tail. They can’t spread themselves out and think their tails are another snake.’

Reggie was close to being put down because his tail was nearly in his stomach, where it would have begun being digested. King snakes are native to California and feed on rattlesnakes and lizards. And, it seems, themselves.

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Vet Bob Reynolds was able to untangle the distressed reptile.

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