Today not so boring nature pics.
Tiny pic showing quite a long snake skin,
the pink glove is there to get the size.
Let's check what Wikipedia can teach us:
serves a number of functions.
Firstly, the old and worn skin is replaced;
secondly, it helps get rid of parasites such as mites and ticks.
Renewal of the skin by moulting is supposed to
allow growth in some animals such as insects;
however, this has been disputed in the case of snakes.
Molting occurs periodically throughout the snake's life.
Before a molt, the snake stops eating and
often hides or moves to a safe place.
Just before shedding, the skin becomes dull and dry looking
and the eyes become cloudy or blue-colored.
The inner surface of the old skin liquefies.
This causes the old skin to separate from the new skin beneath it.
After a few days, the eyes clear and the snake "crawls" out of its old skin.
The old skin breaks near the mouth and the snake wriggles out,
aided by rubbing against rough surfaces. In many cases,
the cast skin peels backward over the body from head to tail in one piece,
like pulling a sock off inside-out. A new, larger,
brighter layer of skin has formed underneath.
Details of the skin parts,
the further part from the head backwards
was broken in three when pulled out from the tight molting point.
See the different pattern: backside and belly side.
The head part.
As if the snake had taken off a tight pullover.
Back part hanging now as decoration.
Should I make a bracelet out of it?
An older snake may shed its skin only once or twice a year.
But a younger snake, still growing, may shed up to four times a year.
The discarded skin gives a perfect imprint of the scale pattern,
and it is usually possible to identify the snake
if the discarded skin is reasonably intact.
This periodic renewal has led to the snake
being a symbol of healing and medicine.
Details. Pretty pretty, indeed.
Thin but strong.
This molting business outside our house must mean
that we do have a house snake.
Finnisch für Anfänger:
KÄÄRME = Schlange / snake