Basil the Burmese python at Drusillas Park shed his skin this week on a very grand scale. The resulting slough measured over 5 metres and was the equivalent length of three keepers!
Basil is the largest snake at the award-winning zoo in East Sussex; he was born in 1990 and is 23 years old.
In the wild, these impressive reptiles are found in the rainforests of south-east Asia and can grow up to seven metres. They shed their skin approximately four to five times a year in order to grow.
Published 15th August 2013
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