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This gallery shows some of our most beautiful and dramatic snake images, selected from the more than 3000 snake species. The unique anatomy of snakes and especially their flexible jaw allows them to swallow extremely large prey - as pythons and anacondas demonstrate! Despite the existence of some extremely venomous species, snakes are commonly considered a good omen and a symbol of wealth and good fortune.Snakes play a powerful role in religion and mythology, often linked to wisdom and intelligence (perhaps due to their unblinking eyes), as guardians of the underworld (since they often live in holes in the ground), and also as symbols of fertility and immortality (their regular shedding of skin being seen as a rebirth). The snake is one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac.
Green cat snake (Boiga cyanea) defensive behaviour, a rear-fanged arboreal rainforest species, controlled conditions, from India and SE Asia - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Green cat snake (Boiga cyanea) defensive behaviour, a rear-fanged arboreal rainforest species, controlled conditions, from India and SE Asia
Western diamondback rattlesnake {Crotalus atrox} captive, from Texas, USA - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Western diamondback rattlesnake {Crotalus atrox} captive, from Texas, USA
Eastern green mamba {Dendroaspis angusticeps} head portrait, captive, from East Africa; - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Eastern green mamba {Dendroaspis angusticeps} head portrait, captive, from East Africa;
Rhinoceros viper {Bitis nasicornis} close up showing head and horns - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Rhinoceros viper {Bitis nasicornis} close up showing head and horns
Amazonian Whipsnake (Chironius exoletus) in striking pose. Kaa-Lia National Park, Bolivia, August. - Daniel Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Amazonian Whipsnake (Chironius exoletus) in striking pose. Kaa-Lia National Park, Bolivia, August.
Horned viper moving across sand {Cerastes cerastes} United Arab Emirates - David Shale
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David Shale / Horned viper moving across sand {Cerastes cerastes} United Arab Emirates
White-lipped / Green tree viper (Cryptelytrops albolabris) captive, from SE Asia - Daniel Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / White-lipped / Green tree viper (Cryptelytrops albolabris) captive, from SE Asia
Puff adder {Bitis arietans} striking - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Puff adder {Bitis arietans} striking
Black Ratsnake (Elaphe obsoleta) wrapped around a log, USA - John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Black Ratsnake (Elaphe obsoleta) wrapped around a log, USA
Equatorial spitting cobra (Naja sumatrana) SE Asia, Controlled conditions. - Daniel Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Equatorial spitting cobra (Naja sumatrana) SE Asia, Controlled conditions.
Eastern green mamba {Dendroaspis angusticeps} strike pose, captive, from East Africa - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Eastern green mamba {Dendroaspis angusticeps} strike pose, captive, from East Africa
Dice snake (Natrix tesselata) hunting for small fish and tadpoles in a lake, Patras area, The Peloponnese, Greece, May 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Ziegler
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Ziegler / Dice snake (Natrix tesselata) hunting for small fish and tadpoles in a lake, Patras area, The Peloponnese, Greece, May 2009
Snake sculpture from over 4,000 years ago, Mycenae, The Peloponnese, Greece, May 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Ziegler
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Ziegler / Snake sculpture from over 4,000 years ago, Mycenae, The Peloponnese, Greece, May 2009
Bullsnake {Pituophis catenifer sayi} ready to strike, Colorado, USA - Shattil & Rozinski
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Shattil & Rozinski / Bullsnake {Pituophis catenifer sayi} ready to strike, Colorado, USA
Green tree snake (Phyllodryas viridissima) on a branch about to stike, Bolivian Amazonia, controlled conditions - Daniel Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Green tree snake (Phyllodryas viridissima) on a branch about to stike, Bolivian Amazonia, controlled conditions
Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) beside Marsh marigold flower in riverine habitat, forked tongue extended, Germany - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) beside Marsh marigold flower in riverine habitat, forked tongue extended, Germany
Head portrait of Satiny Parrot snake (Leptophis depressirostris) swallowing frog, Hungary, Europe - Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Head portrait of Satiny Parrot snake (Leptophis depressirostris) swallowing frog, Hungary, Europe
Carpet python snake (Morelia spilota variegata) hatching from egg, Australia. Captive - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Carpet python snake (Morelia spilota variegata) hatching from egg, Australia. Captive
Egg eating snake about to swallow egg, Sequence 1/8 {Dasypeltis scabra} Africa - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Egg eating snake about to swallow egg, Sequence 1/8 {Dasypeltis scabra} Africa
Adder (Vipera berus) tasting the air with tongue,  Staffordshire, England, UK, April. 2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISION Book Plate. - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Adder (Vipera berus) tasting the air with tongue, Staffordshire, England, UK, April. 2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Juvenile male Montpellier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus) Alentejo, Portugal - Luis Quinta
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Luis Quinta / Juvenile male Montpellier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus) Alentejo, Portugal
Close up of Satiny Parrot Snake (Leptophis depressirostris), Costa Rica - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Close up of Satiny Parrot Snake (Leptophis depressirostris), Costa Rica
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) flicking tongue in strike posture, in field of Showy Primrose, Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, Coastal Bend, Texas, USA - Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) flicking tongue in strike posture, in field of Showy Primrose, Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, Coastal Bend, Texas, USA
Amazon tree boa snake {Corallus hortulanus} portrait with tongue extended, captive, South America - Michael  D. Kern
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Michael D. Kern / Amazon tree boa snake {Corallus hortulanus} portrait with tongue extended, captive, South America
Checkered Garter Snake (Thamnophis marcianus marcianus) coiled with tongue protruding. Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend, Texas Coast, USA - Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Checkered Garter Snake (Thamnophis marcianus marcianus) coiled with tongue protruding. Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend, Texas Coast, USA
Red pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius miliarius) - Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Red pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius miliarius)
Spitting cobra sprays twin jets of venom with deadly accuracy at eyes of attacker (Resolution restriction - image digitised from film, 'Weird Nature' tv series) - Michael Richards / John Downer
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Michael Richards / John Downer / Spitting cobra sprays twin jets of venom with deadly accuracy at eyes of attacker (Resolution restriction - image digitised from film, 'Weird Nature' tv series)
Western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) striking, controlled conditions, from USA - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) striking, controlled conditions, from USA
Rock python {Python sebae} strangling Thomson's gazelle {Gazella tomsoni} Kenya - Peter Blackwell
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Peter Blackwell / Rock python {Python sebae} strangling Thomson's gazelle {Gazella tomsoni} Kenya
Egyptian cobra (Naja haje) striking. , controlled conditions - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Egyptian cobra (Naja haje) striking. , controlled conditions
Green vine snake {Oxybelis fulgidus} Tambopata National Reserve, Amazonia, Peru - Fabio Liverani
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Fabio Liverani / Green vine snake {Oxybelis fulgidus} Tambopata National Reserve, Amazonia, Peru
Banded sea krait, Pacific - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Banded sea krait, Pacific
Ladder snake {Elaphe scalaris} juvenile, Portugal - Luis Quinta
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Luis Quinta / Ladder snake {Elaphe scalaris} juvenile, Portugal
Dwarf puff adder / Peringueys Sidewinding Adder (Bitis peringueyi) moving over the loose sand in  typical mode of locomotion, Namib desert, Namibia) - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Dwarf puff adder / Peringueys Sidewinding Adder (Bitis peringueyi) moving over the loose sand in typical mode of locomotion, Namib desert, Namibia)
Long nosed / Oriental Whip Snake [Ahaetulla prasina] Bako National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, September - Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Long nosed / Oriental Whip Snake [Ahaetulla prasina] Bako National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, September
Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus orarius) basking on lily pad of American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea) Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend, Texas Coast, USA - Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus orarius) basking on lily pad of American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea) Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend, Texas Coast, USA
Illustration of Sea Serpents from Gessner's 'Historia Animalium', volume 4, 1558. Later hand colouring. Gessner's accounts included creatures which exist, and creatures which we now know do not. There... - Paul D Stewart
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Paul D Stewart / Illustration of Sea Serpents from Gessner's 'Historia Animalium', volume 4, 1558. Later hand colouring. Gessner's accounts included creatures which exist, and creatures which we now know do not. There...
Banded sea krait / Colubrine sea snake (Laticauda colubrina) above coral reef, Fiji, tropical Pacific Ocean. - Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Banded sea krait / Colubrine sea snake (Laticauda colubrina) above coral reef, Fiji, tropical Pacific Ocean.
Seasnake fisherman catching seasnakes underwater, Gato island, Philippines. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Seasnake fisherman catching seasnakes underwater, Gato island, Philippines.
Descendant of Indians showing an Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) to tourists during a tour, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. - Luiz Claudio Marigo
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Luiz Claudio Marigo / Descendant of Indians showing an Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) to tourists during a tour, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
Breeding ball of Anacondas {Eunectes murinus} up to 10 males with one female Llanos , - Francois Savigny
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Francois Savigny / Breeding ball of Anacondas {Eunectes murinus} up to 10 males with one female Llanos ,
Arabian Horned Viper (Cerastes gasperetti) in desert, Sharjah, UAE - Tony Phelps
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Tony Phelps / Arabian Horned Viper (Cerastes gasperetti) in desert, Sharjah, UAE
Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus) climbing in tree, Refugio, Coastel Bend, Texas, USA - Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus) climbing in tree, Refugio, Coastel Bend, Texas, USA
Banded sea krait {Laticauda sp} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo Pacific ocean - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Banded sea krait {Laticauda sp} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo Pacific ocean
Large scaled pit viper (Trimeresurus macrolepis) head profile, water droplet below, Western Ghats, Southern India - Sandesh Kadur
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Sandesh Kadur / Large scaled pit viper (Trimeresurus macrolepis) head profile, water droplet below, Western Ghats, Southern India
Close-up of a Horned sea snake (Acalyptophis peronii) resting its head on its coils, seen from above. Queensland, Australia, February - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Close-up of a Horned sea snake (Acalyptophis peronii) resting its head on its coils, seen from above. Queensland, Australia, February
Black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) with mouth open and fangs exposed, captive, from Africa - Michael D. Kern
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Michael D. Kern / Black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) with mouth open and fangs exposed, captive, from Africa
Dwarf puff adder / Peringueys Sidewinding Adder (Bitis peringueyi) moving over the loose sand in  typical mode of locomotion, Namib desert, Namibia - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Dwarf puff adder / Peringueys Sidewinding Adder (Bitis peringueyi) moving over the loose sand in typical mode of locomotion, Namib desert, Namibia
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