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Carphophis by michael-ray Carphophis by michael-ray
Carphophis vermis - Western wormsnake from Scott County, Arkansas. These fossorial snakes are rarely seen above ground but can often be found under rocks within their habitats. They're a rearfanged, though harmless species.
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, pretty!
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ScaledOne Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, looks much like a Xenopeltis, though not related.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nope. They have similar habits, both being semi fossorial, but that's about it. 
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MythicalBreezz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ooh the dorsal scales are darker than usual on this one... i've had 2 :)
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Kagorae Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Interesting, how the light reflects off their scales! Thanks for sharing!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for looking! They're definitely pretty reflective.
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meihua Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Another beautiful snake photo from you :D
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thankssss
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Hands-and-Teeth Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
He (is it a he?) looks so silly with those tiny eyes and invisible mouth. :) Such strange snakes these guys are! Lovely photo, the lighting is perfect the way it makes him sparkle.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't remember if this was the male or female. I ended up flipping a pair of them, but only held onto one for photos (then released it where found)
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dogatemymanuscript Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colors! I want one. Can they be bought as pets? I've been thinking about eventually getting a black snake but wasn't thrilled with the pet species available in solid black plus I was thinking about getting a sand boa which is similar looking.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
These guys aren't available in the pet trade, and actually make poor pets. They're tiny and secretive. This individual is only about 4 inches long...

If you want a cool snake that is similar, but makes great pets, check out Sunbeam snakes (Xenopeltis unicolor). They're kind of like a big version of these guys with a less specialized diet.
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dogatemymanuscript Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I figured it was a secretive snake that remained buried under the ground or hiding all the time, but that doesn't bother me too much as I'd like to have 1 snake in my collection like that. Sand Boas and milk snakes are like that, but I can understand the size and special diet being a problem in captivity. However, I've heard of some crazy specialized reptiles being kept by people who are experience and care enough to actually make sure the animal gets what it needs. I wouldn't attempt such a thing right now, but in a few years when I'm more experienced I may be willing to after tons of research. Herpetology is actually the field I'm trying to get into professionally with my Biology degree.
I did look into sunbeam snakes but all the care instructions I looked at for them says they should be handled as infrequently as possible as it stresses them easily. I love their iridescence but from what I read they didn't seem like a good pet. For the rainbow iridescence look I love on snakes I'm going to probably get a Brazilian rainbow boa.
thanks
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The handling thing is pretty much the same for all fossorial species, whether it be these guys, sunbeams, etc, they stress out easily being out of their element. These guys would make easy pets as far as care, they're just boring. Haha. All they need is a burrowable substrate, some cover to hide under, and a diet of earthworms, which is their preferred diet in the wild. I've been working with snakes both in the wild and in captivity for over 10 years now, and have been studying herpetology for close to as long. It's really (sadly to some people) my only hobby. Haha
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dogatemymanuscript Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But its a great hobby!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The best. Hahaha
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Lucern7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the color of the critter
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They're pretty cool for sure.
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Lucern7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I only found out about them recently but they're really neat, odd that they'd have such bright bellies seems like they're drawing a bit of attention to a weak point.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Since they spend most of their lives underground, they have no natural form of defense other than having bright coloration to deter predators. Just like ringnecks, which are found in the same habitat.
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Lucern7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
ah that makes sense I suppose, though coral snakes I always thought was a warning pattern.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Coral snakes are a warning pattern because they actually are venomous. A lot of snakes use mimicry as a form of defense, though, and aposematism (the use of bright colors or other signals as a form of defense) exists in a large number of animals, including many snakes that are otherwise harmless.
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Lucern7 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
ah okay.
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cosmicspider Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Awww, it's adorable!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Right?
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CrimsonArk Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm always so fond of fossorial snakes. :D Love this little guy!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They're pretty fun.
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UmbrellaUnrequired Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Writer
This orange belly... :aww:
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