# What is the snake trying to tell us?

My friend's pet snake told this below message to us...

What is the message it is trying to tell us? What is the pattern?

PL,MKOIJNBHUYGVCFTRDXZSEWAQ

• @BmyGuest Is the [cipher] tag neccesary? Jul 18, 2016 at 10:44
• @Mithrandir Based on the solutions so far, likely not. When I edited it in, I thought so based on "What is the message?" I think OP should clarify. Jul 18, 2016 at 10:59

As others have pointed out, this pattern represents

Snaking across the keyboard

But the message that I get from the snake is

"I'm going to escape" because, at the end, it's headed towards the escape key.

• Hmm... nope, what you get doesn't apply, because it stops at the Q key. Jul 18, 2016 at 9:39
• maybe he wants to drink some tab Jul 18, 2016 at 22:03
• Maybe it's number one? Nov 10, 2020 at 12:43

Well, the pattern is

a zigzag path across the keyboard,

but I'm not a Parselmouth, so I don't understand the message.

• People used to use that pattern(at least I did) when playing the snake game back in the day, might be a reference to that. Jul 18, 2016 at 6:43

Well, he is trying to say

I'm bored.

As per definition mentioned here

• i think this should be the accepted answer Jan 14, 2017 at 6:39

It is trying to tell you that

your Caps Lock is on. Otherwise, the text would be "pl,mkoijnbhuygvcftrdxzsewaq"

For a specific reason,

the snake could not type those capital letters without the Caps Lock being on, since it has no hands/fingers to hold down Shift.

Well the snake is trying to say,

the snake don't like to be with your friend.

Explanation

if the snake followed the pattern, path would be like W-A-SHIFT ,SHIFT-CAPS-LOCK-Q like this. so avoiding shift and caps lock means, snake doesn't like shifting it's natural habitat(forest) to your friend's place and snake doesn't like to be kept in lock.

• So, why did it skip space, Alt, the Windows key, and the top row (digits and !, @, #, \$, %, etc.)? Jul 18, 2016 at 16:45
• the initial pattern is 3 keys in zig-zag. Jul 19, 2016 at 6:59
• Wait, really? That's it? That makes no sense.
– Deusovi
Jul 19, 2016 at 12:00
• even I'm shocked! :D Jul 19, 2016 at 12:00

Pattern:

I think the sinuous pattern goes from left to right, not right to left. The reason being that the Q-A-W-E-S-Z looks more like the tail of a snake to me, than the head, as it makes tighter turns. So I think P is the head.

What the snake is telling us:

With P as the head of the snake, it's pointing at the -, + and = keys. The snake is identifying itself as an Adder.

I think the snake is trying to say:

It's feeling out of sorts

because

though it has traversed the entire alphabet, it has done so in a snakelike way across the keyboard and not any normal order (sort)

A snake

Reasoning

The pattern is a zig-zag across the keyboard (thanks @PeregrineRook). That zig-zag suggests a folded snake to me. Especially the WAQ part, which suggests a head.