Disclaimer: Please know that I would always wait for a herpetologist (a reptile and amphibian scientist) or other similarly knowledgable person to help me know if a snake is poisonous before touching it. In this case I was doing research with a group of herpetologists in the rainforest in Ecuador- I was surrounded by experts.
I love how smooth a snake’s scales are, and how powerfully their muscles stretch to move through my fingers or around my limbs. Have you ever noticed that the scales on the top of a snake are different from the scales at the bottom of the snake? I heard that the bottom scales on a snake inspired the kind of wheels/tires that get put on big construction equipment (like a backhoe) for moving efficiently through any kind of terrain. So many inventors use nature as their inspiration!
Summer is a great time to step out of ourselves and try something new: a new experience, a new schedule, a new friend, a new habit, new food… and I love to try new things. In the picture at the top I am trying on a Rainbow Boa. Does it suit me?
What did your adventures surprise you with this summer?