“Special” came out of the egg kinked. This happens sometimes with snakes. Most of the time kinked babies don’t survive, as many of them won’t or can’t eat. Kinked babies aren’t desirable for sale as anything but a pet, so many breeders cull them. I insisted on giving this one a chance, and he’s proven to be a ferocious eater! The “kink” is the flat-looking section of his body.