WATCH: I've Never Empathized with a Reptile as Much as with This Snake Stuck on a Fleece Blanket
This ball python’s scales can’t get a grip on the fleece throw, meaning he’s not going anywhere, even if he thinks he is
Are you guys familiar with Groundhog Day? Great film. Added to the United States National Film Registry in 2006.
Do you know how long Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, was stuck in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania? Well, reports vary, but this exhaustively researched article seems to suggest that Connors was trapped in his endless time loop for just shy of 34 years.
Thirty-four years. That’s a long time. And Connors, drunkenly ruminating on the nature of his new existence, asks the following question: “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?”
That’s what this snake reminds us of.
Quick primer on snake movement: They travel by using their scales as friction hooks to catch on rough surfaces and pull themselves around. (They have individual control over each scale, and can distribute their weight on different points to vary their speed.)
But on surfaces that don’t offer friction, snakes can’t get a grip. Surfaces, like, for instance, a fleece throw blanket. And because this python is on a fleece throw, getting around has become exponentially more difficult for the little guy. He’s got places to be, appointments to keep and yet he remains trapped in place, paralyzed by his own attempts to institute change in his life.
We wonder if he’s ever seen Groundhog Day.