14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
New Guinea's Snake Charmer 02

Boelen's python is one of the most rare and beautiful snakes in the world. At first glance, it is black with a velvet texture, but when it bends and light strikes its body from the side it turns into a rainbow. It is endemic to New Guinea were is protected and respected. Very few are allowed to be exported and it is extremely difficult to breed in captivity.

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Date Taken: 10.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Cliffside Park, New Jersey, United States of America
Copyright: © Juan Osorio
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