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Black-Striped Burrowing Snake by Ravenari Black-Striped Burrowing Snake by Ravenari
Also known as Vermicella calonotus


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‘So it’s true, I have been described as one of the most attractive snakes in the whole of Australia, but I think most haven’t heard of me, and I like it that way. I gleam bright to warn others to stay back, because I don’t like to live a harsh life. The dark is quiet and good, but even better are the refuges beneath rocks and tree-stumps, in the sandy soil. I like nothing more than to be cosied up in the belly of the desert, my own belly full and my eggs growing strong. I’ll bite if you keep pushing at me, but in truth I just wish to live my own truth in my own way. This land around me, Banksias and soil and tasty worm lizards, it keeps me bright and beautiful and connected to night secrets. I’m surprised when anyone wants to slither with me for a time, but if you’re quiet and respectful, I’ll take you into the earth and show you what it is to be a nocturnal snake that enjoys the damp soils after rain. We can listen to the Banksia leaves whisper to each other, and learn the deeper secrets of a bushland as oft overlooked as I am.’

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Maintaining attraction for the self. Not what people expected. Micro and macrocosm. Connection to Banksia woodlands. Sand wisdom. Circles and spirals. Humility. Art informed by truth. Creativity. Intimacy with the night and dark places. Affinity for caves and subterranean environments. Preferring gentleness over harshness. Appearance as boundary. Rain and night magic.

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Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic and iridescent acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board ->  18.5 x 20.5 cm (or 7.2 x 8 in).

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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018  Student General Artist
oh Woah I don't I have seen this snake before and I am Australian and love it has the colours of a orange sunset in the outback and just love oranges and black together well that Orange is my favourite warm colour

Love that it's three of my favourite things my favourite reptilian the snake and two of the most common colours I will wear and love black and orange

love your poem and the snake's pose
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! And most people haven't seen or heard of this snake before, I live where it lives and I don't think I'll ever see it, but that's okay. A nice reminder that nature's beauty often isn't about us, and that these snakes are just doing their own thing, incredibly beautiful in the meantime. :D :D

It's so awesome that you enjoy black and orange so much!!!
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Student General Artist
Your welcome so much

and yea it's awesome that nature can still hid animals or just other nature things from humans

just love any of nature's beauty especially the colours, the feels (like a cool night breeze which I am feeling right now) the sounds (likes birds, wind and storms) and the smells of nature's art

yea I do enjoy it espeacally when it's at a night and how much orange sunset/sunrise or orange flames/lava just beautiful glows with warmth 
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toedeledoki Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
Incredibly graceful; love your colour choice too :heart 
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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ThatOneNerd101 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww cute snake <3 also love this~!
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
They're really cute snakes, but even locals will probably never see them.
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BlizzardWrath Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
The coloring pattern is awesome:)
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah they have amazing colouring :D
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
your welcome
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