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Cave-Dwelling Rat Snake by Culpeo-Fox Cave-Dwelling Rat Snake by Culpeo-Fox
งูกาบหมากหางนิล.
Orthriophis taeniurus ridleyi.

Also known as Ridley's Beauty Snake or Cave Racer.

The Cave-Dwelling Beauty Snake is, in fact, a subspecies of the famous Beauty Rat Snake (O. taeniurus) and probably best known for being found in caves (as its name implies) where it lives in almost complete darkness. These snakes are feeding mainly on bats, being able to catch them in flight; they're medium sized, non-venomous snakes and can be found in the Southern parts of Thailand.

The Cave Racer is my absolute favourite of all of the O. taeniurus-subspecies. Actually makes me kinda sad that i couldn't colour it full-size (due to the art's theme and style), because it has such a stunning blending of colours throughout the body.



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:icondarkstripeshadowpaw:
DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018
The "snake windows" are just so cool!
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:iconnightfang50:
Nightfang50 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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:iconmynamewillbe:
MyNameWillBe Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
One question.

Are you Skia? Lol
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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
I'm Skia's fiancé, in fact. Lol
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:iconskia:
Skia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018   General Artist

I'm Here
Untitled
Sturm
Trinity

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:iconskia:
Skia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018   General Artist

Touch

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Skia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018   General Artist

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Gow13510 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018
So what snake you gotta draw next? งูเขียวหางไหม้?
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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Professional General Artist
Already did two of them. :)
Beautiful Pit Viper by Culpeo-Fox White-Lipped Pit Viper by Culpeo-Fox

There will follow a lot more, though. I love Asian Pit Vipers and Thailand luckily has so many different species of them.
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:iconravenroseserpent:
Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Student General Artist
that one gorgeous looking 
snake love the blue head and how the snake is looking at the viewer
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:iconstarlo1o1:
starlo1o1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the blue face
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:iconblkbrdsr71:
BLKBRDSR71 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018
Awesome! 😎
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:iconregnoart:
regnoart Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic art! OuO
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:iconlionheartedphoenix:
LionheartedPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love snakes and this looks gorgeous!!
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:iconthemlr:
TheMLR Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Enchanting!
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:icondaemonic-fae:
Daemonic-Fae Featured By Owner Edited Oct 22, 2018
omg i love this like it'd make a GREAT tattoo it's absolutely perfect!
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:iconjongerung:
JonGerung Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful patterns!
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:iconkyrtuck:
kyrtuck Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors.
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:iconjabroyles:
jabroyles Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Professional Photographer
Pretty!
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:iconblindscout101:
blindscout101 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
love the skin patterns
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:icondragonlord-daegen:
Dragonlord-Daegen Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooh this is a pretty snake for sure
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:iconriofluttershy:
RioFluttershy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
Awesome !
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:iconalstanford:
ALStanford Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, god,this is so beautiful!
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:icondahviesangel:
Dahviesangel Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with what someone else said about looking like a stained glass window! Very good 
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:icondesigningdelights:
DesigningDelights Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning!  Beautiful use of color- It looks like a stained glass window!!
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:iconnonier:
NonieR Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
I'd never even heard of bat-catching snakes before you did these. Amazing work!
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Yes, they are pretty skilled at this mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.c…
(don't show this Batman, though)
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TyrantChimera Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
my gosh. gorgeous!
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:icondeadxmedic:
DeadxMedic Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
These works are so cool
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Lazy-Coyote-Burrito Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Does anyone know why this snake is called "Ridley's Beauty Snake"? I mean, I know it is absolutely gorgeous, but still. 
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
The subspecies got its name in honour of the man who described it first in 1896 (whose name was Ridley). Snakes (or animals in gerenal) having names of their researchers or people somewhat linked to them is quite common, which is why you'd also have a Krait named after Joe Slowinski (Bungarus slowinskii) or a Coral Snake named after Horacio Quiroga (Apostolepis quirogai). :)
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Lazy-Coyote-Burrito Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you very much!
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:iconcombak:
Combak Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
Ridley's Beauty Snake?
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:icons1re-of-suns:
S1re-of-Suns Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
oh wow, your sneks are incredibly pretty. I love the evocation of stained glass mixed with mosaics!
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:iconbirdofhearts:
BirdofHearts Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
dontya mean cave dwelling danga noodle!

I feel like that could be taken as some sort of innuendo
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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh God, YES XD
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:iconbirdofhearts:
BirdofHearts Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018
winkie face!
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:iconpaiten:
Paiten Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Professional Photographer
love this!!
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:iconchocolabizarre:
ChocolaBizarre Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I hate snakes but this is wonderful
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:iconiovena:
Iovena Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. I love the colours and the effort you put in the details :)
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:iconravenheart1984:
RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful
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:iconwayward-trout:
Wayward-Trout Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
Man that would be cool as a stain glass window ....or maybe as a poster one could put over a window.
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dbren7872 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
I love that idea of translating the picture into a stained glass window.  That's an excellent idea.  :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
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Kyouken0w0 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work!
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AspenLeSheep Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
snakes... eat bats? :v my head imagining jumping snakes oh help my poor soul
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:iconmokele:
Mokele Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
Pretty much anywhere there are bats, caves, and snakes, the local snakes will eat the bats.  In Cuba, the Cuban boas show coordinating hunting patterns where they position themselves in a row across the narrowest section of the cave to form a "snake curtain" an maximize their chances of catching a bat.
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powder-sugar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Such is the beauty and wonder of evolutionary adaptations! =D
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00BlacKBerrY00 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
They use their tails and bodies to latch on to the cave's wall from where they ambush their prey by suddenly stretching their upper body like a spring :) I hope that made sense 
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