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Beautiful Snakes

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Huh? Snakes are beautiful?

In prehistoric days, the earliest humans painted pictures on cave walls depicting scenes or stills that included many different animals. There are millions upon billions of living things we share our world with, but cave people only drew a handful of these creatures. Snakes where one of them.

People have always been fascinated by snakes. But why is this? Is it because of their unique shape, the fact that they have no arms or legs? Maybe the fascination begins with their way of locomotion, their squiggling, wiggling, slithering way of moving over the terrain? The way they eat is also strange to many people. Snakes certainly are an oddity compared to other animals, and generally people regard them as being bizarre, scary, or even slimy! (They are not slimy.)

There are almost 3,000 species of snake in the world, and they live on every continent except Antarctica. They can be as itsy bitsy as the thread snake, or as huge and muscular as the Reticulated python. Some snakes, such as the common European viper, can live in places as cold as Norway, but most snakes can be found in just about every hot place on earth, such as the Eastern green mamba which resides in and around Tanzania, Africa.

As you may already know, snakes come in a variety of different shades. Every hue under the sun, even rainbow hue, can be seen on the scales of different snakes around the world. Whether you hate them or love them, there is no denying the range of beautiful colors these animals sport. Below is a collection of some of my favorites, perhaps you will enjoy them as well.

Leucistic Python regius

Leucistic Python regius

Piebald Crotalus ruber

Piebald Crotalus ruber

Albino Lampropeltis getula californiae

Albino Lampropeltis getula californiae

Paradox snow Eryx colubrinus

Paradox snow Eryx colubrinus

Normal Aspidites ramsayi

Normal Aspidites ramsayi

Albino Python reticulatus

Albino Python reticulatus

Albino Python molurus bivittatus

Albino Python molurus bivittatus

Normal juvenile Morelia viridis

Normal juvenile Morelia viridis

Normal Opheodrys aestivus

Normal Opheodrys aestivus

Normal Atheris chlorechis

Normal Atheris chlorechis

Normal Trimeresurus flavomaculatus

Normal Trimeresurus flavomaculatus

Normal juvenile Corallus caninus

Normal juvenile Corallus caninus

Normal Lystrophis Pulcher

Normal Lystrophis Pulcher

Normal Elaphe porphyracea coxi

Normal Elaphe porphyracea coxi

Normal Epicrates cenchria cenchria

Normal Epicrates cenchria cenchria

Normal Psuedoboa coronata

Normal Psuedoboa coronata

Normal Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia

Normal Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia

Normal Calliophis bivirgatus

Normal Calliophis bivirgatus

Normal Trimeresurus trigonocephalus

Normal Trimeresurus trigonocephalus

Normal juvenile Dispholidus typus

Normal juvenile Dispholidus typus

Normal Bitis nasicomis

Normal Bitis nasicomis

Calico Epicrates cenchria cenchria

Calico Epicrates cenchria cenchria

Normal Boa constrictor constrictor

Normal Boa constrictor constrictor

Normal Diadophis punctatus

Normal Diadophis punctatus

Normal Aspidites melanocephalus

Normal Aspidites melanocephalus

Scaleless Bitis arietans

Scaleless Bitis arietans

Scaleless Acanthophis antarcticus

Scaleless Acanthophis antarcticus

Normal Lampropeltis getula nigrita

Normal Lampropeltis getula nigrita

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Comments

Hima Bindu on May 17, 2012:

Oh.. God..! its dangerous

Shaddie (author) from Washington state on May 10, 2012:

Good ol' Burmese pythons :)

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 10, 2012:

Albino Python molurus bivittatus

My favorite of the lot

Great hub!

MilesArmbruster from Somewhere on the journey on May 10, 2012:

Nice pictures. It is truly amazing the variety and beauty of all the cool critters in the world.

Shaddie (author) from Washington state on May 08, 2012:

Thanks! Snakes aren't for everyone, that's for certain :)

Anjili from planet earth, a humanoid on May 08, 2012:

You have a weird taste Shaddie. Can't help admiring their shades though. But, you can keep them. Interesting share hence voted up and sharing your odd taste. OOOHHhhh, the creeps.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 14, 2012:

Yep, there was a reason I went right to this hub! I have owned several snakes over the years and although I wouldn't call them great pets I would say they were fascinating, and my students loved it when I brought them to class. Great hub with wonderful photos.

Shaddie (author) from Washington state on March 10, 2012:

Mythbuster, that's A.O.K if you don't want a pet snake! I'm surprised an ophidiophobe got as far as to reach the poll in the first place. Good job! :) And Patty, I think you are talking about the garter snake picture. There are some surprisingly pretty ones out there.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 09, 2012:

I am enchanted by the patriotic red, white and blue snake, having never before seen one. The reptile house at the zoos is always a favorite visit for me.

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on March 09, 2012:

The Ophidiophobe is the first one to do the poll! This hub didn't do much to cure my snake phobia - but little steps, right? I agree that some of these snakes are beautifully coloured... however, I will still stick to being a cat owner for a little while and leave the snake pets to others :)

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