Basil the snake sheds his skin

Staff at Drusillas with Basil the snakes shed skin
Staff at Drusillas with Basil the snakes shed skin
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Basil the Burmese python at Drusillas Park shed his skin this week on a very grand scale.

The resulting slough measured over five metres and was the equivalent length of three keepers.

Basil is the largest snake at the zoo in Alfriston.

He was born in 1990 and is 23 years old. In the wild, the snakes 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.