After posting a series of cryptic social media videos, Taylor Swift confirmed what fans had been speculating the last few days: the reptile-like creature featured in each video is a snake.

As it turns out, T-Swift has a complicated history with the cold-blooded reptile:

  1. Serpent by birth. The "Shake If Off" singer was born in the year of the snake, according to the Chinese Zodiac.
  2. A Met Gala motif. The star wore a Louis Vuitton creation with all-over silver snakeskin print at the 2016 Met Gala.
  3. Branded by her foes. Foes on the internet referenced the singer with a snake emoji and the hashtag #TaylorIsASnake after Swift's falling out with Kanye West's wife, Kim Kardashian, who shared footage of the pop star and West discussing his track, "Famous."
  4. Shedding her skin. Snakes are known for shedding their skin, so symbolically Swift could use the animal to indicate her own shedding, or period of rebirth.

Source: eonline; photo: Getty Images