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Ophisaurus sp. glass snake & Chrysanthemum americanum

Ophisaurus sp. glass snake & Chrysanthemum americanum


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Ophisaurus sp. glass snake & Chrysanthemum americanum

Hand coloured etching from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1731) Vol. 2 by Mark Catesby. Entitled The Glass Snake

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18th Century Anguimorpha Caribbean Catesby Diapsid Diapsida Florida Lacertilia Legless Lepidosaur Lepidosauria Lizard Mark Mark Catesby North America Ophidia Reptile Reptiles Reptilia Sauropsid Sauropsida Anguidae


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This hand-colored etching, titled "The Glass Snake," is an exquisite illustration from Mark Catesby's seminal work, "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands," published between 1731 and 1747. The illustration showcases the Ophisaurus sp., a fascinating glass snake species native to the Caribbean region and parts of North America. The glass snake, a legless reptile belonging to the Anguidae family, is renowned for its unique transparency, which gives it an ethereal appearance. This diapsid reptile, characterized by two pairs of openings in the skull for its eyes and nostrils, is a member of the larger group Sauropsida, which includes all reptiles and their descendants. The glass snake is depicted gracefully coiled around a Chrysanthemum americanum, a native flower of the Americas. The intricate details in the illustration, from the delicate veins on the flower petals to the intricate scales on the glass snake's body, are a testament to the exceptional artistry of the 18th century. Mark Catesby, an English naturalist, traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and North America, documenting the diverse flora and fauna of the region. His work, which includes over 200 plates, is considered a cornerstone of natural history illustration and remains an invaluable resource for scientists and historians today. This beautiful etching not only showcases the natural beauty of the glass snake and Chrysanthemum americanum but also offers a glimpse into the rich natural history of the Caribbean and North America during the 18th century.

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