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A man with engineering know-how has invented a robot suit that gives snakes the ability to "walk with legs".

Los Angeles-based YouTuber Allen Pan created a DIY device out of a long tube and four plastic "legs" attached to the controls.

To prove his followers that he was a snake lover, he said he "wanted to give snakes back their legs".

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He explained in his video that snakes had legs about 100 to 150 million years ago but had since evolved to the point where they could survive without them – and it's thought to be due to a genetic mutation.

"I actually feel bad for snakes; they lost their legs and nobody is even trying to find them – except for me," Allen explained.

"When any other animal has deformed legs, humanity comes together to spit in God's face and we built that animal awesome new cyborg legs."

The concept that Allen has is to have an apparatus that a snake "could choose to put on or take off", so he used a long plastic open tube where the snake will be able to fit in.

Attached to the tubes are four robotic legs, which can be activated wirelessly and programmed on a laptop.

To put his design to test, Allen visited a snake breeder and had one of his snakes test drive the robot.

As the reptile made its way into the tube, Allen said: "She's zooming right now. This is actually incredible, the fact that she's getting more comfortable with the legs.

"Oh yes, she totally wants her legs back."

When the snake poked its head out from the end of the tube, Allen activated the robot and it started crawling on the floor.

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"Look at that, I cannot believe this is working, oh my God!" he said.

Snake breeder Anthony Zavala can be heard giggling and added: "You did it! It was even looking side to side."

Although the snake has no control over the legs, it gets curious while the robot takes it for a walk.

Viewers loved Allen's invention, with one writing: "As a snake owner with a legless snake, I am so grateful that there is someone looking for the little guy."

"The snake finally coming through and being like 'oh! What's this' when moving was so so cute," a second added.


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