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Beautiful Snakes

Updated on March 10, 2015

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

Which snake is most beautiful?

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      mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      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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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      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.

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      Shaddie 5 years ago from Washington state

      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.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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.

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      Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      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.

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      Shaddie 4 years ago from Washington state

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

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      MilesArmbruster 4 years ago from Somewhere on the journey

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

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Albino Python molurus bivittatus

      My favorite of the lot

      Great hub!

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      Shaddie 4 years ago from Washington state

      Good ol' Burmese pythons :)

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      Hima Bindu 4 years ago

      Oh.. God..! its dangerous

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