Sometimes animals need our support protecting their wild habitat and sometimes animals need our help finding a new home. Luckily, we were recently able to assist in two different cases where the expertise of zoo staff found a safe and appropriate new home for some very special creatures—and this story does have a happy ending.
Many animals, including reptiles and spiders, are threatened by the pet trade. Woodland Park Zoo works closely with wildlife agencies as a partner for consultation and providing a safe home on a case-by-case basis such as these two examples.
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**..My Lists | The Most #BEAUTIFUL#SNAKES in the WORLD..** 3) #FORMOSAN ODD-SCALED SNAKE (#Achalinus#Formosanus ) - Also known as "Taiwan #Burrowing Snake", is a non-venomous snake in the Family #Xenodermidae from the genus Achalinus of the order #Squamata . The specimen is found in #Taiwan , and in the Southern #Ryukyu Islands in #Japan .
■■••There are two subspecies of Formosan Odd-Scaled Snake; the Achalinus Formosanus #Formosanus and the Achalinus Formosanus #Chigirai . The name "formosanus" means "from #formosa ", referring to the fact that this species was the first described from a specimen from Taiwan. The word "chigirai" refers to specimen collector Yoshinori #Chigira , who collected the first specimen of Achalinus Formosanus Chigirai.
■■••Achalinus Formosanus formosanus is similar to the Taiwan endemic Achalinus #Niger , and the two specimens is differ in some scale counts and characteristics.
■■••The Achalinus Formosanus is a small snake with a total length at about 35 inches (90 cm). The head is #small , #oval , and with no distinct neck. Their eyes are small, bead-like, and its #iris is #black and indistinct. The upper #head , #body , and #tail is uniform #olive , #grayish tan, or #black . The young Formosan Odd-Scaled Snake is usually black.
The glow on this snake is crazy. Most squids contain iridophores which lie under the skin allowing them to change pigment with things called chromatophores used to control conscious color changes of the entire body. But for snakes these iridophores lay atop the skin and only show when snakes contain high levels of melanin (motley golden child reticulated pythons, sunbeam snakes, etc.) all of these cells reflect light coming from multiple directions and causes the snake to look iridescent and change colors as you move from one area of the snake to the next since these cells are stationary! I wish my body could do this honestly 😭😍💯 #reticulatedpython#motleygoldenchild#sunbeam#mexicanblackkingsnake#goldenchild