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X is for Xenopholis scalaris

Xenopholis scalaris

Marty’s photo of the day #1479: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order.

X is for Xenopholis scalaris. The common name for a Xenopholis scalaris is a Wucherer’s Ground Snake. I checked the comprehensive animal encyclopedias I own, and none contained a single animal with a common name that began with an “X.” But, hey, I’m just pleased that I happened to have a photo of an animal with a scientific name beginning with an X. I photographed this eighteen-inch-long nonvenomous snake in the Amazon Rainforest.


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