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green snake

....a green green green snake winding around a branch. Seen in the Aquarium of the Berlin Zoo. This is Morelia viridis, a "green tree python" found in New Guinea, Indonesia, and Cape York Peninsula in Australia.


A snake is a scaly, limbless, elongate reptile from the order Squamata. A literary word for snake is serpent (from *serp-, "to creep").


Serpent however is commonly used in a specifically mythic or religious context, signifying a snake that is to be regarded not as a mundane natural phenomenon nor as an object of scientific zoology, but as the bearer of some symbolic value.


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Taken on December 28, 2006