The only difference between scary and beautiful is knowledge. #worldsnakeday
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She made this special collage art of Ruru. More inspiring pictures on this artist’s instagram.
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🐍Saharan Sand Viper & Saharan Horned Viper 🔽📹 by @a_wild_hanbury_has_appeared 🔽.
Author’s comment: “Some Cerastes action for y’all!
I really wanted a video of both the Saharan Sand Viper (Cerastes vipera) and the Saharan Horned Viper (Cerastes cerastes) both burrowing into the sand but the C. cerastes had other plans. At the end (after the second strike) the music ends and you can hear the defensive stridulation employed by the C. cerastes, rubbing it’s highly keeled scales against each other to create a rasping, hissing noise. Saw-Scaled Vipers (Echis spc.) are famous for their stridulation but are not the only snakes that use it, many desert dwelling snakes use this method, among others, to make audible defensive noises. A hiss is a good defensive noise (just ask the Puffadder) but desert species can’t afford to lose the water vapor that hissing releases so they have found other methods to be heard.
Music: I’m Already Gone by A Day to Remember” .
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I had the absolute pleasure to spend some time with this male Black Eyed Leucistic Reticulated Python. Despite being a keeper and lover of Retics, I’m still amazed by the diversity and vibrancy of each and every one. 💚
📸Ashit Vyas // Giri's Bronzeback Tree Snake, Dendrelaphis girii, above is engaged in a threat display.
By puffing out its body it has revealed blue markings that would normally be hidden behind a drab brown colour that serves it well when it needs to be camouflaged. The large eyes and slim body of this snake will have it narrowed down by most snake enthusiasts to a common bronzeback tree snake. But its tongue is red. Common bronzebacks have a blue-black tongue. Painted bronzebacks found in Malaysia and northeastern India have red tongues like this snake. The Giri’s bronzeback was for the longest time referred to as the painted bronzeback, until it was accorded with a species name of its own. It also has a trademark short, black-coloured stripe behind the eye. The snake has only been found in Western Ghats habitats in Karnataka, south Goa and Maharashtra.
The name Giri comes from Varad Giri @varadgiri , who is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru. Giri, a Sanctuary Wildlife Service Awardee in 2015, has been working on documenting the distribution and diversity of amphibians and reptiles in the Western Ghats and his efforts have already resulted in the discovery of several news species of snakes, geckos, frogs and caecilians from India. Amongst his list of achievements, the rediscovery of the Jeypore Indian gecko after 135 years, the description of 13 new species of frogs of the genus Nyctibatrachus, and the first report of a live-bearing amphibian Gegeneophis seshachari from Asia, stands out.
The snake in the photograph was rescued from human habitation around the Cotihao Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa.
SPECIES ON THE MOVE. Very excited to head to Africa for the next few weeks to share some of our work on the impact of invasive species on crocs at #speciesonthemove . It’s a gathering of scientists working on the global redistribution of our planets’ species. More so, a new continent to #explore and a big #childhooddream coming true. Mambas, Boomslangs, Puff Adders and many other critters in the wishlist. Thank you @drbrucewebber and @blairizzle for research collaboration and looking forward to enjoy some Nile Crocs and local booze with Xander Combrink who’s too lazy to be on Instagram.