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Beautiful Ringneck Snake

(Mount Tamalpais, California - 3/2014)

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San Francisco Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia) - San Mateo County, CA

The San Francisco Gartersnake is an endangered subspecies of the Common Gartersnake (T.sirtalis) found in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Habitat loss, commercial collecting (although it is illegal to posses and sell this subspecies in the United States, they are available outside the country), as well the introduction of non-native, invasive bullfrogs (which prey on young snakes, as well as consume native species that provide prey for these snakes) are all contributing factors to the decline of San Francisco Gartersnakes.

San Francisco Gartersnakes are only found within San Mateo County, California (with some reports in extreme northern Santa Cruz County, along the coast).

As these snakes are a federally protected species, it is against the law to handle, touch, or manipulate these snakes.

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Atheris ceratophora

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Rhabdophis tigrinus - Venomous/Poisonous Colubrid of Asia.

Poisonous snakes poisonous snakes poisonous snakes!!

Stealing Mark’s thunder to explain that these snakes are both poisonous AND venomous due to the fact that they absorb toxins (bufadienolides) from amphibian prey into a specialized gland along their neck. (You can see the raised gland in some of the photos.) This means that predators who bite into the snake get a nasty toxic surprise. However, these snakes also produce their own injectable venom- they just tend to use it for hunting rather than defense.

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Gentle Moment by 

This cracks me up.

Let me hug u


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Juul Kraijer

Photography, 2013


Here’s another incredibly awesome snake skeleton created by French/Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping (previously featured here). Entitled Serpent d’océan, this giant skeletal sea serpent is an aluminum sculpture that resides outside of Nantes, France just off the shore of the Loire River where it empties into the Bay of Biscay.

"Measuring nearly 425 feet (130 meters) in length the curving skeleton mirrors the curves of the nearby Saint-Nazaire bridge and was created as a permanent work for the final Estuaire contemporary art exhibition in 2012.”

One of our favourite things about this marvelous sculpture is that how the viewer perceives it varies greatly depending on the weather, the tide, and where you’re standing. Sometimes the serpent appears to be slithering across the surface of the water, emerging from it, or unsettlingly lurking, perhaps in wait for potential prey. In addition to the photos seen here, there are lots of others on Flickr providing beautiful examples of this effect.

Photos by Emmanuel Le Guellec, Philippe Cabaret, Nantes Tourisme, and Gino Maccarinelli respectively.

Visit Colossal to learn more about Huang Yong Ping’s fantastic metal sea serpent.

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