Rubik's Snake

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A Rubik's Snake (also Rubik's Twist, Rubik's Transformable Snake, Rubik’s Snake Puzzle) is a toy with twenty-four wedges identically shaped liked prismsFiore, Albie (1981). Shaping Rubik's Snake, p.7. ISBN 0 14 00 6181 9., specifically right isosceles triangular prisms. The wedges are connected, by spring bolts, such that they can be twisted, but not separated. Through this twisting the Rubik's Snake can attain positions including a straight line, a ball (technically a nonuniform concave rhombicuboctahedron), a dog, a duck, a rectangle, a snake, and many more imaginative shapes and figures.

The snake was invented by Professor Ernő Rubik, better known as the inventor of the Rubik's Cube.


The 24 prisms are aligned in row with an alternating orientation (normal and upside down). Each prism can adopt 4 different positions each with an offset of 90°. Usually the prisms have an alternating color.


Twisting instructions

The description of an arbitrary shape or figure can be described using a set of instructions for twisting the prisms.

The starting point is a straight line with the triangular edges facing towads you, where the 12 prisms of one colour at the bottom are numbered from the left from 1 to 12. The left and the right sloping faces of these prisms are labeled L and R respectively. The four possible positions of the...
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