A vet in New Mexico is in possession of a snake devouring its tail—an actual ouroboros.
The snake is three feet long, dull black, and eyeless. Its species is unrecognized by consulted herpetologists.
Approximately one third of its total length is within itself at any given time. X-rays reveal a varying portion of the swallowed tail is always in a state of decomposition or digestion, but the snake’s total weight remains constant to the ounce, presumably because the self-consumed matter is being converted to new tissue in a constant cycle of regeneration.
Which of course is biologically impossible. At minimum, the snake should require water and additional calories for essential vitality, and yet the creature has been monitored in a closed environment for thirty-seven days and appears perfectly healthy.
The veterinarian, however, is said to have grown badly obsessed with the snake. Colleagues tell me he lost an alarming amount of weight in the weeks after its discovery. He has abandoned his job at the clinic, locked himself in his apartment with the snake, and communicates only via brief, snake-related texts.
His friends and relatives are increasingly concerned about his well being, especially because he has, in the words of his sister, “often struggled with OCD and severe introversion, even before he found the snake.”
— report filed by Hank Ridley