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A mysterious snake disease causes pythons to tie themselves in a knot they can’t get out of.
It’s called Inclusion Body Disease (IBD) and it affects captive pythons and boa constrictors . They causing strange behavior, such as ‘stargazing’ (staring upwards for long periods of time), appearing drunk and getting into quite a tangle.
When investigating DNA samples from affected snakes, scientists saw an unusual virus called arenavirus, a virus that usually affects mammals and not snakes. They believe an entire new lineage of that virus has been found.