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Laotian Wolf Snake
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Published: November 1, 2017
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Lycodon laoensis.

A small and harmless yet beautifully coloured snake which, due to its appearance, may be confused with juveniles of the extremely dangerous Banded Krait at first sight. On a closer look, though, it can be rather easily distinguished: Wolf Snakes lack the triangle body shape that are characteristic for kraits and the yellow bands also follow a quite different pattern, the black space between them decreasing along the body).

The illustrious name for snakes of this genus derives from their dentition; their (non-venomous) front teeth are enlarged and the whole maxilla is strangely arched in shape, which gives both the jaws and facial silhouette a somewhat "canine/dog-like" impression. It also is yet another feature that can help distinguishing them from similar looking snake species (the German name makes it even clearer as "Wolfszahnnatter" does not only refer to the wolf but to wolf teeth)

Right after returning from Frankfurt Book Fair together with Skia, i caught myself a nasty cold and am just slowly recovering again. Thus, thank you for your patience, i will get back to notes and mails asap.

Mangrove Snake by Culpeo-Fox Banded Krait by Culpeo-Fox Indo-Chinese Rat Snake by Culpeo-Fox Oriental Whip Snake by Culpeo-Fox Reticulated Python by Culpeo-Fox Thai Red Mountain Racer by Culpeo-Fox
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Date Taken
Jan 31, 2016, 9:50:32 PM
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Comments (17)
Sibilant-Whisper's avatar
Sibilant-Whisper|Professional Digital Artist
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As a snake lover your work gives me so much joy--these are gorgeous. The compositions alone--your use of space are lovely. 
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AnchoredTether|Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work as always!
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Psydrache|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oha, also DIE ist jetzt echt harte Konkurrenz für die Mangrovi...
Wunderschön, wie du dieses Glänzen auf die Schuppen gezaubert hast <3

Gute Besserung euch beiden!
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Culpeo-Fox's avatar
Culpeo-Fox|Professional General Artist
Ich hätt's ja nicht mehr für möglich gehalten! X)

Aber ja, blauer Schuppenschimmer = tatsächlich ein Lieblingspart. Gibt ja Gott sei Dank nicht wenige Schlangen, die mit ihren irisierenden Schuppen sprichwörtlich glänzen. 8D

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Ravenroseserpent|Student General Artist
Wow what a gorgeous snake love it's pattern, colour and the name which is cool
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Mmuaz70|Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful pattern!
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Skia| General Artist
Lieblingsdetail: Der bläuliche Schuppenschimmer. <3
...und das Hörnchen 8D
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Culpeo-Fox's avatar
Culpeo-Fox|Professional General Artist
Ich hatte gehofft, dass dir das Hörnchen auffällt 8D (könnte auch ein Granne sein, der sich da reingemogelt hat)
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Leonca|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the information. I just learned about these but the book didn't say why they had such a unique name. I love how diverse snakes are. =)
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Culpeo-Fox's avatar
Culpeo-Fox|Professional General Artist
Their dentition is pretty much unique - I've seen a photography of an upper jaw belonging to another Lycodon species and if i had not known better, i would have guessed that it belonged to some kind of fish or tiny Dimetrodon.
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scilk|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow these snake paintings are all so beautiful!
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M5Transmissions|Student General Artist
Take your time to recover, the wait will be worth it!
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DarkstripeShadowpaw's avatar
Another wonderful snake "window"- these are so cool.

If you run out of snakes, you could do insects next!
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Culpeo-Fox|Professional General Artist
Great idea, why not? I would absolutely DIG insects (especially since Thailand has a f*ckton of them to offer); though yeah, the snake series will keep me busy for a good while, there still are a lot on my list.
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vireosy| Digital Artist
i always love seeing work from this series :D i really love the shine and colours in this one
hope you have a speedy recovery
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RavenHeart1984|Professional Traditional Artist
good job
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LuckyKonekoEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
what a gorgeous snake!!
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