Appreciating the subtle and not so subtle physical differences between individuals or subspecies of animals. I'm not an expert, just a person who likes to troll through the internet to find interesting looking animals. Feel free to point out any mistakes. I am not accepting requests at the moment. I do not claim to own any pictures, and will try to link back to the source.

Scaleless and abnormally scaled reptiles (part 2 of ???)

  1. This scaleless baby corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus) appears to have no stray scales, and is one of the cleanest scaleless corns I could find. Scaleless snakes do retain their ventral scales for locomotion. [x]
  2. An albino corn baby (any ideas what morph?) who is mostly scaleless, the last third of it’s body has a light sprinkling of scales along it’s sides, and the tip of it’s tail seems to have the highest density of scales. [x]
  3. Scaleless Texas rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeriwith nice, clean markings and vibrant orange color. [x]
  4. This San Diego gopher snake’s (Pituophis catenifer annectens) pattern is much clearer and cleaner without scales. It has some stray scales on it’s head and on the top of it’s body. [x]
  5. The term for the scaleless mutation in this ball python (Python regius) is “derma ball”. It’s head and back nearly free of scales, and it’s sides much more densely armored compared to the animals in the previous images. [x]
  6. When this young Burmese python  (Python molurus bivittatus) matures, it may be the largest scaleless reptile in captivity. [x]
  7. A scaleless death adder’s (Acanthophis antarcticus) striped pattern is more vibrant and clean with the outer layer gone, which seems to be the trend. A few scales remain on her (I’m judging by the shape of the tail) face. [x]
  8. puff adder (Bitis arietans) who seems to be completely scale free.[x]
  9. Scaleless rattlesnakes, like this light Western diamondback (Crotalus atrox), seem unable to develop a proper rattle [x]. Since the rattle is made of modified scales, this makes sense. Compare the rattles of these two albino clutch mates, one normal and one scaleless [x]. More on WDR morphs and mutations in my previous post [x].
  10. And finally, a silkie bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) with a normal for comparison. [x]

Part one on hairless mammals found here.