Basil the Burmese python at Drusillas Park shed his skin this week on a very grand scale. The resulting slough measured over 5 metres and was the equivalent length of three keepers!

Basil is the largest snake at Drusillas; He was born in 1990 and is 23 years old.

In the wild, these impressive reptiles 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. 

Bandit the racoon, who went missing from Drusillas Park three weeks ago, has found her own way back to the zoo in East Sussex. 

The furry fugitive was discovered back with the family group by zoo keeper Katherine Gibson during the routine evening check. A quick scan of her microchip confirmed that Bandit had returned; she appears in good health and seems pleased to be reunited with her fellow outlaws.