Year of the Snake (part 1)

Happy Year of the Snake!

Rattlesnake skeleton from the Comparative Anatomy lab, courtesy of Lauren DeBey.

Most of us in the department don't actually study snakes, but for the Lunar New Year we can stretch the issue a little bit.

From Kevin Turner, we have some fine marine "snakes":

Here are a few photos from my work in the San Juan Islands. First two are of a lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus is the scientific name - ophiodon means "snake tooth", visible in the first picture).

Second is a double-whammy: a serpulid tube worm and the legs of an ophiuroid brittle star (serpula = "serpent", ophiuroid = "snake-like)!
And from Melissa Eng, an artistic rendition:

This actually looks to me more like a dragon, but it is semi-fitting, since in Chinese we refer to year of the snake as "tail of the dragon", since last year was the year of the dragon... This is just a photo of a dendritic mutant I am studying, and I just used a distortion tool on Adobe Illustrator, pretttty abstract, but I think it is serpentine-like!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more ophidian images and links! -- Kylee Peterson

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