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Cute Snakes? What are we, crazy?

Well, sort of. Crazy for cute snakes, at least.

Contrary to popular belief, snakes can actually be cute. And we have the proof to show it.

There’s a new internet sensation going around, particularly on Reddit, that is all about the cuteness of snakes. Adorable snakes are now often called “Nope Ropes” or “Danger Noodles”. Which are both absolutely amazing alternative names for adorable snakes.

Well, we are jumping on the band wagon and want to bring you the cutest danger noodles and most precious nope ropes out there.

Below you’ll find some of the cutest darn pictures of snakes we could find around the internet. Plus, there’s snakes with hats, cute snakes of all different species, and even some fun gifs.

If you have notions that snakes cannot be cute, hopefully this post will prove you wrong.

Danger noodles are cute, and we have the proof.

See for your self!

Cute Pet Hognose Snakes

Hognose snakes are naturally one of the cutest danger noodles out there. Both eastern and western Hognose Snakes have an upturned snout that helps them burrow.

This little upturned snout also helps them be one of the cutest little snakes out there.

These little guys make such great cute pet snakes if you’re considering owing one. Not only are they easy to maintain, hognose snakes don’t require a large snake enclosure either! A 10 gallon terrarium should do just fine.

Plus, they have a perfect little flat head to place little hats on them!

Bacon Bit.

What a great name for the cutest little Hognose snake.

This little guy has got a shiny face that screams give me some pets. Something about Hognose snakes just make you all warm and fuzzy inside for some reason.

Cute Hognose Snake with top hat on

Who knew snakes could wear little top hats?

Hognose Snakes have the perfect flat shaped heads to fit little tiny hats.

Do you even need another reason to buy a cute pet Hognose Snake after seeing this picture?

Plus, this little guy has a nice orange color and an adorable little orange face with nice orange eyes.

Watch out!

A Hognose Snake Train is coming your way. Look at this little guy scooting up toward you.

How can you not want to snuggle up with this little guy?

Just another reason why Hognose Snakes are super cute. Just look at the way he slithers up the crevice of that couch.

Cute Ball Pythons

Ball Pythons are one of the most common, cutest pet snakes. They are native to Sub-Saharan Africa, and can come in a lot of different colors and patters.

These different colors and patterns are commonly referred to as “morphs”.

Consequently, there are a ton of cute little Ball Pythons out there in the world.

Below, you’ll find the cutest pictures of Ball Pythons we could curate from the internet.

Cute Ball Python with jack-o-lantern pattern

Look at this adorable little fellow. She is a very unique kind of Ball Python morph, and is seriously the best.

Also, if you look closely, you can see little pumpkin jack-o-lanterns in this Ball Python’s patterns.

This pattern is a result of breeding different “morphs” of Ball Pythons together.

In this case, this morph turned out to have cute little pumpkin patterns on it!

Don’t you just want to pinch it’s cheeks?

Wait, do snakes even have cheeks…?

cute sleeping snake


This thick little fella is peaking at you from his coiled up sleepy stance.

Snakes actually do sleep, and it looks like this little guy is curled up for a comfy nap.

Although it may not look like he’s snoozing, there’s a huge possibility that he is.

Snakes actually don’t have eyelids. Therefore, they essentially sleep with their eyes open.

Creepy, we know. But come on, just look how cute this thick boi is!

Be sure not to wake him up…

cute ball python with a little knitted hat on

First, a Hognose Snake wearing a top hat.

Now, a Ball Python wearing a knitted little homemade hat.

How lovable!

This endearing Ball Python is all curled up and posing for the camera. Plus, it’s unique morph makes it all the more enchanting.

Who knew snakes were ready to make a fashion statement with little tiny hats.

We aren’t complaining, though.

Cute snakes with little hats are such a great thing!

Mesmerizing blue eyed ball python in front of orchids

In this case, this snake is more beautiful than cute in our opinion.

Just look at this Ball Python’s mesmerizing blue eyes.


Who knew Ball Pythons could look so mysterious and incredidble?

Not to mention, this gal is posing in front of some similarly colored orchids. That just adds to the overall beauty of this amazing looking Ball Python.

cute sleeping white ball python

Another lovely Ball Python curled up for nap time in the palm of it’s owners hands.

Be careful not to wake her up, Ball Python bites can be somewhat painful!

Yes, please. Show me more!

amazingly beautiful ball python coiled up on owners hand

You guessed it.

This ball Python looks awake, and she’s just enjoying the warmth of it’s owners hand.

Snakes tend to enjoy curling up on humans, because they like how warm our bodies are.

Also, just look at the cute gaze of this Ball Python!

How can you resist going, “Awww” when seeing this cute little snake?

Cute Corn Snakes

cute corn snake with forked tongue out

This scrumptious Corn Snake is giving you a sniff down.

In case you didn’t know, snakes smell with their tongues.

She’s got a cute forked tongue, and adorable little face, and is ready to snuggle up!

incredible looking orange corn snake

This precious, magificently colored orange Corn Snake is also curious about what smells so great.

Maybe she’s about to get fed, and smells a yummy mouse?

Who knows.

All we know is that this gal is curled up in a cute stance and makes for one heck of a lovely snake.

stunningly gorgeous corn snake wrapped around owners hand

How can one not think this Corn Snake is as cute as can be?

Just look at those spectacular patterns. Bright orange splotches, beautiful beaming eyes… It’s all too charming.

Also, just look at the way he is wrapped around his owners hands.

They love warmth.

To be honest, even those who are deathly terrified of snakes would probably be eased into hold this cute little slithery pal.

cute snake in home made knitted purple sweater

Speaking of loving warmth, how amazing is this Corn Snake?

Not all warmth has to come from human touch. In this photo, we are looking at all time snake cuteness.

Who would have thought that snakes would be huge fans of home made knitted sweaters?

Just look how much she loves her purple noodle outfit!

She looks so happy, and so irresistibly cute in this photo.

The Cutest Tiny Baby Snakes

adorable looking snake in owners hands

This little gal has some beautiful coloration.

We believe this to be a young Milk Snake or King Snake morph.

Either way, just look how stunning it’s patterns and color palate are!

cute tiny little black snake in the palm of someone's hand

Just wow. How cute is this adorable tiny nope rope?

It’s nearly the size of a quarter when it’s all coiled up.

This cute little black snake is probably just weeks, if not days old and is enjoying a nice little ride on a giant human hand.

Purely irresistible!

cute ring neck snake on the sidewalk

Speaking of cute little black snakes, this ring neck must have just hatched out of it’s egg.

It’s basically microscopic and has an undeniable adorableness factor.

We’re just glad the human walking down the side walk spotted him, so he didn’t get smushed by someone walking by.

cute green snake

This delectable green snake has darting eyes and an enchanting green color.

Although his facial expression is a bit scary, he’s still a small, cute snake that deserves to be on this list.

How often do you get to see such a cute little green snake?

10/10 cuteness right here.

cute ring neck snake gray

What’s up with cute tiny baby snakes in the palm of people’s hands?

On second thought, who cares?

Just be in awe of the cuteness of this little gray snake curled up in someone’s palm.

At first glance, this looks to be a baby gray ring neck snake. Comment below of you think it’s something different.

super tiny snake in someone's hand

This is the smallest of the small cute snakes we could find.

It looks to be only about 3-5 inches long, and is shiny and spectacular.

Also, it looks sort of terrified.

Just look at the way she is glancing up at the giant who is holding her!

fierce danger noodle with mouth open


Who knew a snake bite attack could look this delightful.

It seems to be a baby Garter Snake that someone came across in their yard.

We are just glad it didn’t get stepped on! Although vicious looking, a bite from this little fellow wouldn’t hurt at all.

In fact, it would just add to the cuteness of this little guy (in our opinion at least).

Cute Danger Noodles

Although the snakes, or in this case pure Danger Noodles you’re about to look at are cute, they are highly venomous.

Avoid touching and petting at all costs.

But, you can look and adore and admire them as much as you want. Because, let’s face it.

These snakes, like all the ones pictured above, are absolutely adorable!

Just don’t touchy the below danger noodles.

cute cobra

Look at this nope rope flaring up his cute neck and head.

Want to go in for a snoot boop?

Think again. This little danger noodle is extremely venomous. It’s best to observe the cuteness from far, far away.

Also, baby snakes are 10x more dangerous than full grown ones because they cannot control the amount of venom they inject.

Consequently, baby snakes end up injecting way more venom than adult snakes.

So again, observe from a distance!

cute cobra protecting orange snack

He Protec.

He Attac.

He guard his orange snac.

This deceivingly cute Cobra is adorably guarding his prized orange. But, don’t be fooled.

One bite from this danger noodle could result in a very unpleasant time and could possibly even result in death.

tiny cute venomous snake next to a penny for scale

This little baby snake has a fierce look and a beautiful pattern.

See the penny? That exemplifies just how small this baby nope rope is.

Be wary of it’s deceiving cuteness.

You may want to pick him up, but avoid doing that at all costs!

cute african bush viper wrapped around branch

This African Bush Viper is possibly the most enchanting, striking danger noodle on this entire list of cute snakes.

He’s preposterously unique looking and adorably tiny.

He’s also incredibly venomous and dangerous.

But just look at the way he’s coiled around that branch! How charming can a little danger noodle be?


9 Gorgeous Snake Species Around the World

Sri Lankan Pit Viper

If you visit Sri Lanka, be sure to look up in the trees to find the beautiful Sri Lankan pit viper. It's the only place to which the small, roughly 2-foot long species is endemic. The pit viper is noted for its green and black coloration and large triangular-shaped head. However, admire this creature's beauty from afar. The venomous Sri Lankan pit viper packs a painful bite, which can cause blisters and even death.

Asian Vine Snake

This snake has an extraordinary geometric pattern to its scales. When the vine snake feels threatened, this pattern is highlighted as the snake expands its body, revealing the black and white between the green scales. When relaxed, the snake has a very slender, nearly fluorescent green body. Vine snakes are also noted for their long pointed snout.

Green Tree Python

The green tree python is best known for being green. The vivid green coloration of the adult green tree python provides ideal camouflage for this arboreal snake. Juvenile green tree pythons may be bright yellow, vibrant red, or even a very dark brown. While gorgeous in its adult coloration, the species is also stunning when it's young and going through color changes.

San Francisco Garter Snake

Considered endangered in the state of California where it resides, the San Francisco garter snake has a stunning color pattern of dark orange, turquoise, black, and deep coral. While the snake can grow to up to 3 feet in length, it is harmless to humans. Found primarily near water, the San Francisco garter snake's red tongue with black tips is thought to lure fish and other prey.

Eyelash Viper

Named for the scales that stand out above its eyes, this species is both highly venomous and beautiful. Eyelash pit vipers come in a variety of color variations including bright yellow, pink, green, and brown. Yellow eyelash pit vipers are often found in banana trees where they blend in easily. Their keeled scales are particularly rough to the touch, but the adaptation protects them against the branches they climb while hunting for food.

Banded Sea Krait

Beautiful snake species aren’t just found on land, they inhabit the ocean too. Also called the yellow-lipped sea krait due to its yellow upper lip, the banded sea krait's yellow marking extends across its lip and under its eyes. The sea krait has a series of 20 to 65 black bands around its smooth body. An amphibious species that lays eggs on land but feeds in water, the banded sea krait has valved nostrils and a paddle-like tail that allow it to swim and hunt for prey in water.

Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Primarily brown or reddish-brown in color, the trait that stands out the most in this boa species is the iridescent shimmer of its scales. This striking feature is most prominent after shedding. Brazilian rainbow boas, which can range from 4 to 6 feet in length, have black stripes on the top of their heads and black rings down their backs.

Formosa Odd-Scaled Snake

Another snake species that shimmers with rainbow iridescence is the Formosa odd-scaled snake. The snake has a small head and small, black, beadlike eyes. The most common coloration in adults is olive, grayish tan, or black, while young Formosa odd-scaled snakes are usually black.The Formosa odd-scaled snake is found in Taiwan and the southern islands of Japan.

Scaleless Corn Snake

Corn snakes come in a variety of colors from orange to brownish-yellow, depending on their age and the region in which they are found. Other identifying features include alternating black and white markings on their underside. An interesting variation on the corn snake is the scaleless corn snake, which has few to no scales on its body. A lack of scales is a natural genetic mutation that has been witnessed in the wild. Snakes, even scaleless ones, typically have ventral scales on their bellies which help them move across various terrain. Corn snakes have a docile, gentle nature and are non-venomous which has made them popular as pets.

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REPTILES4ALLCape cobra (Naja nivea)


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[email protected] Ball Python. Firefly Morph or MutationREPTILES4ALLThe Sulawesi gold ringed snake (Boiga dendrophila gemmicincta) is a beautiful rear-fanged venomous snake species found on Sulawesi.


REPTILES4ALLThe Mandarin rat snake (Euprepiophis mandarinus) is an extremely colored nonvenomous snake species. They mimic baby king cobras with their bright colors.


TheNatureAdmirerEyelash Viper snake, Bothriechis schlegelii


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[email protected] corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus or Elaphe guttata) before attack on the stone, dry grass and dry leaves round.Milan_ZygmuntBothriechis schlegelii, the eyelash viper, is a venomous pit viper species found in Central and South America. Small and arboreal, this species is characterized by a wide array of color variations, as well as the superciliary scales above the eyes.


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SelenitttTiger python, black and yellow, against black background


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Milan_ZygmuntBothriechis schlegelii, the eyelash viper, is a venomous pit viper species found in Central and South America. Small and arboreal, this species is characterized by a wide array of color variations, as well as the superciliary scales above the eyes.


REPTILES4ALLThe Green tree python (Morelia viridis) is a cryptic tree snake species found in the northern tip of Cape York, Australia, into Papua New Guinea and the Indonesia side of West Papua.


alkir_depLavender Tiger Albino Python


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Milan_ZygmuntBothriechis schlegelii, the eyelash viper, is a venomous pit viper species found in Central and South America. Small and arboreal, this species is characterized by a wide array of color variations, as well as the superciliary scales above the eyes.


Milan_ZygmuntBothriechis schlegelii, the eyelash viper, is a venomous pit viper species found in Central and South America. Small and arboreal, this species is characterized by a wide array of color variations, as well as the superciliary scales above the eyes.


alkir_depLavender Tiger Albino Python closeup


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13 Most Beautiful Snakes in the World

I've always been interested in exotic animals, especially animals that frighten most people.

A friend of mine keeps snakes for pets. I have known him for more than 25 years, and during that time he has always had at least a couple of snakes in his home, and I believe a spider or two. Yes, I do mean on purpose. He is a relatively normal fellow (well, at least by my standards) so I kind of got used to the idea that there are some people out there that view these slinky reptiles a bit differently than I do.

But one thing that cannot be denied, at least once you get past your initial repulsion, is that snakes are truly beautiful creatures. Maybe not in the way that a furry squirrel or a delicate butterfly is beautiful, but they do have a unique elegance and primal charm that no other creature can match. This can be difficult to see when the lovely viper is hissing at you from a few feet away, so I have collected a few of the most fascinating here for you to enjoy.

1. Emerald Green Pit Viper

Let's begin with a relatively new discovery; the Emerald Green Pit Viper was first found in 2002 in the eastern mountains of the Himalayas in the nation of Burma. This intensely green venomous snake has bright markings with males having red eyes with red and white stripes while females have yellow eyes and stripes that are mostly white. They can grow to at least 4½ feet long, but as a fairly recent finding in the reptile kingdom, there may be much about this lovely creature that we are yet to learn, including their actual maximum size.

2. Blue Malaysian Coral Snake

The Blue Malaysian Coral Snake grows to about 5 feet and lives on a diet of other snakes, including others of its own kind. It might occasionally consume a lizard or a frog, maybe even an unlucky bird, but for the most part it is strictly a snake eater. This poisonous reptile is active mostly at night when it can be fairly aggressive while remaining rather timid until the sun goes down. It uses its colorful body to scare off predators by turning over and showing its red belly and uses its tail as a decoy for its head, allowing it to strike when its tail is attacked. The snake can be found in Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.

3. Brazilian Rainbow Boa

The Brazilian Rainbow Boa is one of nature's most beautiful snakes. The iridescent quality of its scales is caused by tiny ridges on the scales that refract light like small prisms. This adds to the boa's already attractive coloring and really makes this a standout reptile. Found mainly in the Amazon Basin, this snake feeds mostly on small rodents and birds but also may eat amphibians such as frogs and lizards. It is a mid-sized snake, averaging about 5 feet though occasionally reaching 7 feet or more.

4. Northern Scarlet Snake

The Northern Scarlet Snake is found in the southern and eastern United States, often burrowing in open forest areas or developed agricultural areas and spends most of its time hidden. This nonvenomous colubrid feeds mostly on reptile eggs including snake eggs but also sometimes eats rodents or lizards. It is a small snake with a maximum length of less than two feet with a record length of 32 inches.

5. King Cobra

When it comes to big snakes, people generally think of boas, pythons, and anacondas. But the King Cobra, the world's longest venomous snake, is no shorty by a long shot. Averaging around 12 feet but topping out at over 18 feet, the King Cobra is still a fast and agile reptile. It is considered the most dangerous Asiatic snake, delivering a potent amount of venom in a single bite. Found throughout Southeast Asia and parts of India, this snake subsists mainly on other snakes but will now and then consume lizards, small rodents, and even birds.

Most snakes are oviparous and do lay eggs. Many snakes abandon the eggs after they are laid. There are exceptions in that some snakes, such as the King Cobra, stay with the eggs and some snakes are ovoviviparous, meaning they carry the eggs internally and give birth when the eggs are nothing more than membranes. There is some question as to whether any snakes are viviparous, giving birth to live offspring without the offspring ever having and egg casing.

6. Topaz Tanami Woma Python

The Topaz Tanami Woma Python is a medium-sized python growing to about 3½ feet that was purposefully bred while in captivity from the Tanami Woma Python to increase the richness of its colors. The Tanami Woma is found in the Tanami Desert region of Australia's Northern Territory. In their natural habitat, womas are burrowing snakes, often living in multi-chambered burrows. They eat small mammals such as rabbits as well as lizards and other reptiles.

7. Leucistic Texas Rat Snake

The Leucistic Texas Rat Snake is a nonvenomous colubrid found primarily in Texas. I wonder if that has anything to do with why it was named what it was? The "leucistic" part means they have reduced pigmentation of all skin pigments which is different from albinism in which only melanin is reduced. Unlike albinos, animals characterized by leucism do not have altered eye color. Growing to lengths over 6 feet, the Leucistic Texas Rat Snake has a healthy appetite and consumes plenty of rodents and birds as well as frogs and lizards. They are quick to bite if handled, but their bite is mostly harmless.

8. Emerald Tree Boa

The Emerald Tree Boa is found in many parts of South America including along the Amazon River. They average around 6 feet in length but can grow up to 9 feet. Their diet is mainly small mammals but they do occasionally consume birds, lizards, and frogs. Their slow metabolism allows them to go several months between meals. Though completely unrelated species, Emerald Tree Boas appear very similar to the Green Tree Python who are closely related to the High Yellow Green Tree Python.

9. High Yellow Green Tree Python

The High Yellow Tree Python is a large snake that grows from 4 to 7 feet long. It is nonvenomous and eats small mammals and sometimes reptiles. They hunt by hanging from branches and striking from an S shape, then constricting the prey. It is an oviparous snake and one of the few snakes that stays with its eggs to incubate them. It is found mainly on the island of Kofiau in West Papua, Indonesia, though the aforementioned Green Tree Python to which it is closely related can be found throughout most of Indonesia, New Guinea, and parts of Queensland, Australia.

10. Pied-Bellied Shieldtail Snake

Pied-Bellied Shieldtails are nonvenomous, burrowing snakes that mostly live underground in India and Sri Lanka. It is believed they eat mainly earthworms, but very little research has been done to support this. They are relatively small with a maximum length of around 2½ feet but more often are much smaller, with full-grown snakes sometimes no longer than eight inches.

11. Coast Garter Snake

The Coast Garter Snake can be found in the western coastal states of the United States from Oregon down through southern California. The snake is considered harmless to humans but does produce a mild neurotoxin that it distributes by chewing its prey. A bite from one of these colubrids can produce swelling and irritation but has no lasting effect. Coast Garter Snakes have one of the most diverse diets of any reptiles and will consume practically anything it can overpower from slugs, earthworms, and leeches to birds, fish, and rodents. They grow approximately from 18 to 42 inches.

12. Red Milk Snake

Red Milk Snakes are nonvenomous but look very similar some species of the poisonous Coral Snake, fooling predators into mistaking the harmless snake for its deadlier doppelganger. Red Milk Snakes can be found from the southern parts of Canada down to parts of Ecuador and Venezuela.

They can reach a maximum length of almost five feet, but most are smaller, sometimes reaching only about 20 inches as an adult. Their diet is mostly made up of rodents, but they are opportunistic eaters and will consume other snakes, fish, reptiles, birds and bird eggs, and more. They got their name from an urban myth that they would suck milk from a cow's udder that likely developed due to their abundance in barns where a bounty of rodents were available for feeding.

13. Eastern Corn Snake

Eastern Corn Snakes (or simply Corn Snakes or also known as Red Rat Snakes) are found in the southeastern and central United States. These beautiful reptiles reach lengths of 4 feet up to about 6 feet and are often found in areas where small rodents gather as this is their primary source of food. They are rather docile snakes that make excellent pets as their care is rather simple and they are generally reluctant to bite, making them a good choice even for young snake enthusiasts.

Bonus: Easter Corn Snake

A close relative of the Eastern Corn Snake, the unbelievably colorful Easter Corn Snake is only seen once a year in the latter part of March through sometime in late April. The specific day it can be seen varies annually making it hard for many people to know exactly when the snake will come around each year.

It survives generally on a diet of Easter eggs and can often be found in areas where Easter egg hunts are being held. But these snakes from time to time have also been known to consume Peeps that stray from the flock and even swallow rabbits whole, but only the marshmallow and solid milk chocolate kinds of bunnies. Unlike their relatives the Eastern Corn Snake, they do not make good pets as they tend to inexplicably vanish from their enclosures after three days.

General Snake Facts

  • Snakes are all muscles and backbone with some species having up to 500 vertebrae. Humans have 33.
  • Many harmless snakes share similar coloring with deadlier snakes as a method of defense against predators.
  • You cannot win a staring contest with a snake. They have no eyelids and do not blink with their eye being protected instead by a transparent scale.
  • Most snakes have hundreds of teeth but only use those teeth to hold prey while swallowing it.
  • With the exception of Antarctica, snakes are found on every continent and on almost all islands.
  • There are almost 3000 known species of snakes.


  • Boids: A classification of snakes that includes boas, pythons, and anacondas. All boids are non-venomous constrictors.
  • Colubrids: A broad classification that includes about two-thirds of all snakes, most of which, but not all, are nonvenomous. Even those that can produce venom are considered harmless to humans.
  • Constrictor: A snake that disables prey by wrapping around it and tightening its coils to incapacitate or kill the prey.
  • Elapids: A classification that includes all fixed-fang snakes such as cobras and coral snakes. All elapids are venomous, and this classification includes all the deadliest snakes in the world, attacking the central nervous system of its victims with a fast-acting neurotoxin that restricts breathing.
  • Herpetology: The study of amphibians and reptiles, including snakes.
  • Leucism: A condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in all skin pigments in animals and humans resulting in irregular patches of white on an animal or in rarer instances a complete coat of white.
  • Oviparous: This refers to animals that lay eggs that hatch externally from their bodies. In addition to most snakes, birds and the platypus are oviparous.
  • Ovoviviparous: This refers to animals who carry the eggs internally with the egg becoming only a thin membrane by the time a "live birth" occurs. Some snakes give birth this way, but this is not truly a live birth.
  • Viperids: A classification that includes vipers, adders, and rattlesnakes. All viperids are poisonous, producing a hematoxic venom that attacks its victim's blood and tissue.
  • Viviparous: This refers to animals that truly give a live birth with no internal egg structure present during development of the offspring. It has recently been learned that a few species of snake are viviparous including the boa constrictor and green anaconda.

Snakes on a Poll

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 George Stephens


Easter corn snake on July 07, 2020:

What the fish. That's a joke right?

Owusu William on June 24, 2020:

I wish my pet was the Blue Malaysain coral snake

London on June 20, 2020:

So cool i wish i had a pet corn snake i love there skin

Saba on June 03, 2020:

Thanks to these information I’m more interested in snakes

Jack King Of Reptiles on May 29, 2020:

I still think that snakes are magnificent creatures and I love them.

This article shows just how much beauty the animal kingdom has to offer.

bea-bijou bolotra on December 11, 2019:

thank you expertherpetologist magnificent

ExpertHerpetologist on November 14, 2019:

Very informative. I am glad someone mentioned the elusive Easter Corn Snake, a species that does not get nearly as enough attention in herpetological circles. Thank you for bringing awareness to this elegant and mysterious snake, although the careful studies into its habits by some of the more aware herpetologists has challenged the assumption that the Easter Corn Snake only comes out on one day. It has been seen for 2 days on end in some places. I can assure you that all of my sources are authentic and accurate. A great and compelling study into the Easter Corn Snake though!

Snakesmum on March 05, 2016:

Beautiful photos - snakes are such attractive creatures. I have three pythons at the moment. Wish more people would realise they are not as bad as their reputation!

Lisa C. Robertson from Alabama on September 01, 2014:

I loved all the photos, very beautiful. I am a photographer and an artist and I plan to draw and paint a colorful abstract in my "usual abstract style", using close ups of the skins of different colorful snakes, this hub will help tremendously in my search for the right snakes to draw from! When my boys were children, I bought them an Eastern (not Easter, lol, very funny, by the way) Corn snake just like the one in the picture, she was a very sweet snake and we all loved her. My 23 year old son recently brought home a Red Tail Boa from Florida, while on his honeymoon. We love her too!

fhoxx on May 28, 2014:

Wonder how many people believed the easter corn snake was real lol

LastVerse on May 16, 2014:

Fun fact: Easter corn snakes' colors depend on what kind of peeps you give them. XD

emurph87 from Chautauqua County, NY on June 17, 2011:

Beautiful pictures and very informative. Regardless, I will probably never keep a snake, as I find them to have less personality than other animals. Doesn't make them any less pretty.

Shamim on June 14, 2011:

Really God iws great who created such a colourful animals

Kalpana Iyer from India on May 24, 2011:

Wish the Easter Corn Snake actually existed. It looks so beautiful! The Emerald Tree Boa is scaryyyyy - I mean look at its expression! I'm from India and at my ancestral home I have seen 2 king cobras fighting it out with each other. Saw it from a distance and my dad caught it on a video. This was long back and don't know where we have kept the video cassette, but boy it was some experience! Also, snakes are considered sacred in India and we are not allowed to kill or injure them in any way. A very entertaining and useful hub.

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on May 21, 2011:

I was at the Rainforest Cafe the other day and they have a little zoo with snakes, turtles, crocidiles and alligators. We were the only ones there so we got to take our time. I couldn't help noticing how beautiful some of those snakes really are. I'm still afraid of them but I can appreciate their beauty. Of all the snakes you have pictured here the Emerald Green Pit Viper and Easter Corn Snakes are the most beautiful. The Easter Corn Snake is so beautiful it doesn't look real! I enjoyed this hub and voted up, useful and awesome.

Yvonne L. B. from South Louisiana on May 21, 2011:

A beautiful hub and very informative. Did you take the photographs? They are outstanding.

Alaster Packer on May 21, 2011:

I don't want to give the last snake away on the feed but brilliant.This is a unique and one the better in the pets and animal-reptile snake categories I've seen. Fantastic pics. Good text. Very impressed DarkSinistar.


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See 22 Spectacular Pictures of Snakes

A red bamboo snake, <i>Oreocryptophis porphyraceus vaillantii</i>, from a private collection.

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A many-horned adder,<i> Bitis cornuta</i>.

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An Oriental whipsnake, <i>Ahaetulla prasina</i>, at Singapore Zoo.

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A bismarck ringed python, <i>Bothrochilus boa.</i>

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A European long-nosed viper,<i> Viper ammodytes ammodytes</i>, at the St. Louis Zoo.

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A Thai bamboo rat snake, <i>Oreocryptophis porphyraceus coxi</i>, at Miller Park Zoo.

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Malayan krait, <i>Bungarus candidu</i>s, at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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The Madagascar leaf-nosed snake also known as Langaha snakes, <i>Langaha madagascariensi</i>s.

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A green tree python, <i>Morelia viridis</i>, at the Riverside Zoo.

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A red spotted pitviper, <i>Trimeresurus jerdonii xanthomelas</i>, at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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An albino Nelson's milksnake, <i>Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni</i>.

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An Arizona ridge-nosed rattlesnake, <i>Crotalus willardi willardi</i>, at the St. Louis Zoo.

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A California red-sided garter snake, <i>Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis</i>.

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The red bamboo snake, <i>Oreocryptophis porphyraceus pulchra</i>, from a private collection.

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A Japanese rat snake, <i>Elaphe climacophora</i>, at Pet Paradise.

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A tri-colored hognose snake, <i>Lystrophis pulcher</i>, from a private collection.

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A Texas coral snake, <i>Micrurus tener</i>, with a color and pattern mutation at the Houston Zoo. Normally this species has color bands around its body and not spots.

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An eastern ribbon snake, <i>Thamnophis sauritus sauritus,</i> at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Ths is a Blackneck garter snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis ocellatus, from a private collection in Saint Jean de Bournay, France.

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A red bamboo snake, <i>Oreocryptophis porphyraceus laticincta</i>, from a private collection in Saint Jean de Bournay, France.

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Santa Cruz gopher snake, <i>Pituophis catenifer pumilu</i>s, at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

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A side-striped palm pit viper, <i>Bothriechis lateralis.</i>

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A red bamboo snake, <i>Oreocryptophis porphyraceus vaillantii</i>, from a private collection.

A red bamboo snake, Oreocryptophis porphyraceus vaillantii, from a private collection.

Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark

Found in rainforests, deserts and mountain ranges, more than 3,000 different snake species slither around the world

ByCasey Smith

Published July 15, 2017

It’s that time of year—World Snake Day will take place once again this Sunday.

In rainforests, deserts, mountain ranges and beyond, more than 3,000 different snake species have been found slithering in a variety of environments around the world. Some can grow to become more than 30-feet long, and others will live to be more than two decades old.

To celebrate the legless reptiles, National Geographic is showing off a collection of Joel Sartore’s vivid snake photographs. From a pet snake in Japan to a green tree python at the Riverside Zoo in Nebraska, the following pictures showcase pieces from the National Geographic Photo Ark, which Sartore uses to spread awareness about animal conservation.

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