Sometimes snakes will go full-on Ouroborus and begin to eat their own tails, creating a circle. However, unlike this mythical creature, it isn’t exactly about self-renewal when your pet snake does it.
Snakes are cold blooded, which means they aren’t able to regulate their body temperatures. They need external heat sources (like the sun or a lamp, in the case of a pet snake) in order to warm themselves. But if they get too warm, they aren’t able to sweat to cool themselves down, and need to be able to find refuge in a cool, shady spot.
If snakes get too hot, they can become confused and disoriented. They also get a ramped-up metabolism, causing them to have a false sense of hunger and a desire to eat the first thing they see. As captive snakes typically live alone and food isn’t routinely consistently available to them, they end up attacking themselves.
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