Last night I fed Ky-Lin a pinkie, which she grabbed and rolled up in her coils with amazing speed. The head end was even the part that was sticking out, so I thought oh good, she'll probably eat it head end first this time. Well, not only did she still end up taking it butt first, which is ok, no big deal...I don't have a problem with that anymore...(this was after 20 minutes of holding onto the thing, pulling its ear for a while with her teeth, pulling its tail for another little while, and once trying to eat it straight down from the top of the head...poor little python, still doesn't have a clue, I guess), BUT Ky-Lin literally pulled herself into a freaking knot, (I'm not exaggerating), while swallowing the butt end as I watched in utter astonishment. I literally could not see how this was going to work out if she didn't loosen something up, which she finally did a little bit...enough to let her work her own head upside down through her coils to swallow more pinkie. At this point, I was pretty surprised at how this meal was going, but still ok about it, thinking, ok this has got to be a good learning experience for her, next time she'll know a little better how to go about this. However, what happened next was unbelievable (and funny in retrospect, I guess)...after she worked her head upside down over this pinkie and through two coils, she ended up with her own tail in her mouth. I thought ok, that's interesting, but she'll let go of it in a moment, so I waited a bit. She didn't. I'm sure she would have realized it once she really clamped down on it (right?), but it freaked me out just a little , and I gently lifted her tail out of her mouth, where the skin of her tail was actually catching on her tiny little teeth (I was very very careful not to be in any danger of pulling her teeth out!). This whole meal from start to finish took about 40 excruciating minutes. My question is...how often do snakes end up with their own tails in their mouths when they eat? My daughter had visions of those cartoon snakes that swallow their own tails, getting smaller and smaller until they *POP* into nothingness...Impossible in reality, I know , but could she really hurt herself if she didn't realize right away she had her own tail in her mouth along with her meal?