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    Joe Hymes
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One of the last sulcatas to go in for the night. Sulcata burrows  can be over 10 feet long and serve to protect them from the heat during the summer and the cold during the winter.
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This is a baby western diamondback on the day it was born. Rattlesnakes give live birth to fully functioning offspring and can have as many as 30 babies at one time!
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This big reticulated python is absolutely awe inspiring. I can't even imagine what it would be like to come across one in the wild.
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Gopher snakes' primary defense mechanism is being a rattlesnake mimic. They have a pattern and coloration that is very similar to that of  the western diamondback. To make the con even more effective, when threatened, gopher snakes will rattle their tail despite having no rattle and stretch their jaw to give their head the triangular shaped viper look that rattlesnakes and most other Vipers possess. 
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Gopher snakes' primary defense mechanism is being a rattlesnake mimic. They have a pattern and coloration that is very similar to that of the western diamondback. To make the con even more effective, when threatened, gopher snakes will rattle their tail despite having no rattle and stretch their jaw to give their head the triangular shaped viper look that rattlesnakes and most other Vipers possess. This . . . #reptiles  #reptilesofinstagram  #biology  #biologyfacts  #biofacts  #natureisamazing  #amazing  #beautiful  #coolpets  #snakes  #snakesofinstagram  #wildlife  #nature  #optoutside  #hiking  #cool  #lifeisgood  #rattlesnake  #venomous  #hikeaz  #herpetology  #herplife  #lifeisgood  #herpinhippie 
Can't take credit for the shot but the hand and the snake look familiar... I was asked to handle a rattlesnake for a news story on a new rattlesnake shot that is used like an epipen to buy rattlesnake bite victims more time to get to the hospital. Hopefully I never need it!
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Can't take credit for the shot but the hand and the snake look familiar... I was asked to handle a rattlesnake for a news story on a new rattlesnake shot that is used like an epipen to buy rattlesnake bite victims more time to get to the hospital. Hopefully I never need it! . . . #reptiles  #reptilesofinstagram  #snakes  #snakesofinstagram  #arizona  #hiking  #hikeaz  #beautiful  #coontail  #awesome  #hiking  #venomous  #venomoussnakes  #medical  #firstaid  #epipen  #herplife  #lifeisgood  #herpinhippie 
I caught this shot of an elephant trunk snake coming up for air. Elephant trunk snakes, Acrochordus javanicus, are also kown as file snakes due to the file like appearance of their scales. Because they live entirely aquatic lives they have lost the ventral scales that most snakes use for motion in favor of pointed file like scales that help them hold onto and constrict fish.
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I caught this shot of an elephant trunk snake coming up for air. Elephant trunk snakes, Acrochordus javanicus, are also kown as file snakes due to the file like appearance of their scales. Because they live entirely aquatic lives they have lost the ventral scales that most snakes use for motion in favor of pointed file like scales that help them hold onto and constrict fish. . . . #snakes  #reptiles  #reptilesofinstagram  #elephanttrunksnakes  #biology  #science  #sciencefacts  #funfacts  #weirdnature  #biologyfacts  #strangerthings  #cool  #exotic  #zoo  #snakesofinstagram  #photography  #nature  #wildlife  #scales  #evolution  #herpetology  #herplife  #lifeisgood  #herpinhippie 
Elvis's eyes were completely blued over the other day. I can't wait to see what he looks like after his shed!
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It almost looks like a snake eating another snake but this is actually a video of a death adder shedding after his meal today.
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My dad @art_by_jth painted me this awesome water color for my birthday! Best present ever!
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