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Elegant by lizardman1988 Elegant by lizardman1988
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans. The title stems from the species name of this snake. Don't ask me why this snake was deemed elegant, I personally think that they're rather unattractive, always being brown and what not, and they have bad manners, musking you with foul-smelling liquid when you pick them up. All that doesn't stop me from liking this picture though.


You can also see this over at the group ~DeviantHerps
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CrimsonArk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just a beautiful photo. Even though they have bad manners, like you say, I admit to having an affection for them. :D
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NarAar Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
:wow: I love him! :glomp:
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meihua Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I think it looks pretty elegant :) I wonder if it doesn't mean something else though, because the red eared slider is Trachemys scripta elegans and I think there are several other species with elegans in their names... I mean, do you find this elegant? [link]
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lizardman1988 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I got the definition from a book of scientific names, but you aroused my curiosity, so I looked up "elegant" at m-w.com to see what its etymology was. and the results:
Etymology:
Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin elegant-, elegans; akin to Latin eligere to select

so there you have it.

As to the worm... microbiologists and parasitologists are a weird bunch, I wouldn't be surprised if they found it elegant.
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meihua Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
hahaha! Maybe there's a connotation of "elegant" with "simple" or "basic" since garter snakes and red eared sliders are pretty common species... :shrug:
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lizardman1988 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
i just dredged up this link (was buried in my favorites). it gives explanations for every scientific name of the reptiles and amphibians of north america. quite cool...

[link]
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meihua Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Wow that is really cool. Thank you for the link!
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maxviolence Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really sweet picture :D
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lizardman1988 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
thank you! glad you like it
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June 16, 2008
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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D40X
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92 mm
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Jun 15, 2008, 12:24:45 PM
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