|All stretched out|
To start the process, the snake first “loosens up” the skin along their body by secreting fluid in between the old and new skin over the course of a week or two. Once ready to go, the snake rubs their head against an object, snagging their skin on a rock, tree root or some other obstacle, causing the stretched skin to split and start peeling off.
|The perfect spot to take off that skin|
|The white part is the skin being shed|
|Newly molted skin|
|A recent molt left to dry|
|Close-up of the scale|
|Small fish, big project|
|In the trees|
Love 'em or hate 'em, snakes are fascinating and important parts of our blue planet. Keep reading about these slinkly reptiles with a blog about anaconda check-ups with our vets.