If you are one of those who think snakes are creepy, slimy, and totally gross, then you may be surprised to learn that there actually is such a thing as a snake that can be considered. In fact, some snakes have become so wildly popular that they have even been featured in movies and cartoons.
So is there such a thing as a cute snake? Read more as we’ll talk about this topic in today’s post.
How Cute Are They
Most snakes can appear cute when they are tiny babies, but people also consider adult snakes to be attractive creatures in their own right. This is especially true of certain species of small slender-bodied snakes that tend to be quite colorful.
Some Adorable Non-Venomous Snake Species
One example of this is the Brazilian Rainbow Boa which has bright orange and red scales with pink or yellow stripes running along its body. These exotic-looking boas can reach lengths of up to 6 feet in length, making them quite the spectacle. Other similarly stunning species include the Indigo Snake which has deep hues of blue and black scales all along its beautiful body.
Size isn’t everything when it comes to judging cuteness, however, as some very small species have managed to capture people’s hearts around the world with their adorable appearance. The Rosy Boa for instance, which grows up to 3 feet long, looks almost like an armadillo because its entire body is covered in tan and cream-colored chains of scales.
Some find even more unconventional species attractive too! Pueblan Milk Snakes, for example look almost like plump candy canes with their bright red, white and black stripes winding all the way down their bodies. Many find this unique patterning charming despite the fact that these snakes grow fairly large (up to 6 feet).
Finally, one cannot forget about Corn Snakes which come in a rainbow of different color morphs and patterns from brightly cheery cherry red morphs to rich leopard print morphs – truly captivating creatures.
Cute Venomous Snakes
When it comes to cute snakes, the most venomous aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, there are some species of venomous snakes that are considered quite attractive by some snake enthusiasts and can also be considered “cute”. For example, one of the cutest venomous snakes is the Eyelash Viper. It has bright colors and a unique pattern on its back that is often compared to a rainbow. The Eyelash Viper is also quite docile and won’t bite unless provoked, which makes them great pet snakes for those who have experience handling venomous species. Other potentially cute venomous snakes include the Western Cottonmouth, the Eastern Coral snake, the Butterfly Viper, and the Royal Snake.
The Western Cottonmouth, also known as the Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma, is a species of venomous snake that is found in the United States and parts of Mexico. It is one of the few semi-aquatic vipers in the world and is often referred to as a ‘water moccasin.’ Some people believe that this species is actually quite cute, and it does have an interesting pattern of brown and black stripes along its body. However, it should be remembered that the Cottonmouth is a venomous snake and therefore should not be handled by inexperienced snake handlers.
The Eastern Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius) is a species of venomous snake native to the southeastern United States. It belongs to the elapid family, which includes several types of dangerous snakes found throughout the world. This species is commonly referred to as the “Red-Yellow-Black” snake due to its distinct color pattern. Although they may look intimidating, they are typically non-aggressive and will flee rather than attacking if given the chance. For these reasons, they are not commonly kept as pets, though they can be observed in some zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. It is possible to appreciate the beauty of this species from a safe distance without ever risking any danger.
The Butterfly Viper (Atheris senegalensis) is a venomous snake species found in the forests and savannas of central, western and northern Africa. It is a small viper, reaching an adult length of about 2.5 feet (75 cm). The body is relatively thin and cylindrical, with a triangular head and a short, curved snout. The body color is variable, from yellow-olive to brownish-grey, with darker crossbands or spots along the back.
The Royal Snake is a species of snake that stands out from other snakes due to its beautiful, regal appearance. With its deep, iridescent scales, it can be distinguished by its vibrant coloring and intricate designs. Native to India and Pakistan, the Royal Snake is most commonly found in tropical climates near the coast where the temperature stays warm. While the Royal Snake can reach a length of up to 3.2 meters, its size is not what makes it stand out; rather, its unique pattern of scales and vibrant coloration are what make this snake so visually appealing. The Royal Snake may look cute, but it should still be treated with caution just like any other snake as they can still be quite venomous.
Despite their cuteness, though, it should be noted that venomous snakes are not ideal pets for novice herpetologists or those without experience handling them. It is always best to consult a professional prior to acquiring any type of snake as a pet. Additionally, most states have regulations regarding the ownership of venomous snakes, so be sure to check local laws before purchasing one.
In conclusion, it turns out there really is such a thing as a cute snake! While opinions on what exactly constitutes “cuteness” may vary from person to person it’s undeniable that certain sizes, shapes, colors and patterns make certain species stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s something about their size alone or because of those multicolored patterns or vibrant shades we find ourselves drawn closer towards them each day…with many owners even going so far as calling their pet snake,“cute”!