Snake skin patterns

Snake skin colour, pattern, and texture: Emerald Tree Boa, Corallus caninus, from the Amazonian region of northern South America, looped around a branch in typical daytime position, photographed in the Reptile House at London Zoo (1) 

A rainy day visit to London Zoo in Regent’s Park saw me scurrying for the shelter of the Reptile House. What a fantastic collection of beautiful creatures! I thought you might like to see some of the wonderful patterns, colours, and textures of the scaley skins on the snakes. 

Patterns in nature: Mottled pattern of the skin at the head end of a Jamaican Boa, Epicrates subflavens, pictured in the Reptile House at London Zoo (2) 

Scale shape, pattern, and colour on a snake's head: Jamaican Boa, Epicrates subflavens, showing the pattern of delicate green and pale blue faintly iridescent scales on the head, in the Reptile House at London Zoo (3)

Snake scale colour and pattern: Dark blue, green and black scales of the skin at the rear end of a Jamaican Boa, Epicrates subfavens, in the Reptile House at London Zoo (4) 

Coils of the Puff Adder snake: Snake skin texture and pattern ideal for camouflage in the Puff Adder, Bitis arietans, from Sub-Saharan Africa; pictured here in the Reptile House at London Zoo (5)

Pattern of scales on snake skin: Gleaming scaled skin on the sleeping coils of a Green Anaconda, Eunectes murinus, from South America (6)

Natural patterns and textures: Dry scaley snake skin texture and pattern in an unidentified coiled snake photographed at London Zoo (7)

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