The snake is a fascinating creature… Every so often it sheds its skin and gets a chance to grow. Moulting, they call it. And it’s a confusing time for the snake. Pretty much everything it knows ceases to exist. Its eyes get clouded over and it can’t see, it has to lie still for extended periods of time, making it exceptionally vulnerable, it pretty much just shuts down. It doesn’t have an option.
Then comes the transformation. The skin sloughs off, and the snake has a flawless blank canvas to work on. old scars are gone, while the senses that it had lost come back. Restored, the snake has to grow as fast and as much as it can before the new skin hardens in place.