This gorgeous snake is the rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria) from Central and South America. The species’ incredible iridescent sheen is caused by a phenomenon known as structural colouration, which produces colours on skin, feathers and fur via miniscule structured surfaces that are fine enough to interfere with visible light. This is what causes peacock feathers - which are actually pigmented brown - to appear blue, green, and turquoise. 

Images: (clockwise) bsmith4815/Flickr; Damien Farrell/Wikimedia; Angela Rothermann/Wikimedia

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Photos taken by Dave (from Rainbows-R-Us Reptiles) of Bifröst’s mother Ann with her new litter. Litter was born on 08/27/2013, and consisted of 12.6 very beautiful, colorful babies! This is the closest I get to baby pictures of her! She’s in there somewhere!