Getting up close and personal with snakes in a reptile presentation during Outdoor Classroom today! Did you know that there are no poisonous snakes in North America? How can that be so? Tell us in the comments! 🤔
You all know Medusa, yes? Gorgon monster, snakes for hair, turned men into stone and eventually killed by the hero Perseus? Here’s her head, depicted by none other than Rubens in 1617, who must have had more than a passing knowledge of herpetology because those snakes are European grass snakes and they’re pretty accurate. Over on the bottom left we’ve also got the European fire salamander, and next to the neck, the two-headed reptile known as Amphisbaena. Perseus went to kill Medusa at her home on the Gorgones, islands in the central Atlantic, then he flew back home to Greece with winged sandals given to him by the god Hermes. On the way, he was flying over the Libyan desert and blood dripping from Medusa’s severed head fell down into the sand and turned into Amphisbaenians. Best part is, they actually exist. They don’t really have heads at both ends, but the eyes are so small and the head is so blunt that the tail and the head ends look the same. Medusa is also responsible for creating coral, due to her blood dripping down into the Red Sea and turning the seaweed to stone when Perseus stopped in Ethiopia to save Andromeda from the Kraken. Now obviously, that’s not the official story, which instead involves a colonial cnidarian strengthening itself by secreting a calcium carbonate skeleton, but I have to admit I kind of prefer the mythological version. (PS @maizconnolly this one’s for Diego!) #medusa#perseus#andromeda#mythology#coral#snake#snakes#reptile#amphisbaena#salamander#herpetology#painting#rubens#art#artmuseum#khmwien
These amazing xrays show you the insides of some unusual animals.
@zsllondonzoo shared the images, taken during routine health checks of its 18,000 animals.
The xrays reveal the inner workings of a variety of different species, including frogs, snakes, geckos and turtles. “We can tell so much about an animal’s health from looking at an x-ray - from the strength of their bones to how healthy their heart is, ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said. “They’re vital to our work, and even though we get to see unique x-rays fairly often we still think that they’re absolutely fascinating. “Most people can recognise a human x-ray, but they probably haven’t seen the individual segments of a large hairy armadillo’s exoskeleton, or the long tail bones of a big-headed turtle." “My favourite x-rays are definitely the snakes: humans have 33 vertebrae while snakes have between 200 and 400, which is how they’re so incredibly agile - it’s amazing to see it on screen.” #animals#wildlife#zoo#zoos#biology#xray#xrays#science#animal#snakes#snake#geckos#armadillo
And the Oscar goes to... the Eastern Hognose! He’s just playing dead. He’s not actually dead. Hognose snakes play dead when they feel threatened. 🐍
Video by: @grizzlyua09
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Found these three snakes within 20 minutes of each other at a survey site in Illinois last fall. This site had been surveyed for several years and no fox snakes were ever recorded. Then we found one this particular evening!
Fun fact: the snake in my left hand (milksnake) actually eats OTHER snakes! I was sure to keep him separated from the other snakes for their own safety while processing.
In my right hand is a fox snake (the patterned one) & a smooth earth snake. The smooth earth snake is fully grown, but the fox snake is still a juvenile and will grow much larger with time 🐍