Georgia found this snakeskin during Exploratory time on the way from the Middle School to the main building.

She let me keep it in the studio for a few days to show it to the preschoolers.
While they observed the skin and talked about it, I learned from them that the scales on the bottom of the snake (visible in the picture at left), are "grippers" that grip surfaces and allow the snake to move. I learned that this was probably a black snake, and not a copperhead, because no diamond pattern was visible in the scales (when I looked online it did seem to match a black snake skin). It was taller than all of the pre-schoolers.  You could see the eyes and even tiny nostril holes if you looked closely.

Thanks, Georgia


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