snake still life

Otto Marseus van Schrieck - A Forest Floor Still-Life

1666

oil on canvas

private collection

Rough green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus) are one of my favorite species to see; it’s probably because it’s easy to anthropomorphize that cute smile, and they’re a lovely color, but they’re also placid and will wind themselves through your fingers in a mesmerizing little pattern. They’re not very big, maxing out at around two and half feet long (this one here was significantly smaller, maybe nine inches if that), and very light-bodied.

 they’re also cute as all hell. look at that face.