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  Key to the Snakes of Colorado   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Scales on body smooth or very weakly keeled.
Divided anal scale; brown bands on brown or tan body (pattern may be obscured in old individuals).
Scales on back very weakly keeled; body tan with brown blotches; rectangular marks on belly; dark stripes on underside of tail.
coloherp.org /keys/snakes.php   (278 words)

 Small Brown Snake
Several snakes are similar to this one, having keeled scales, brown dorsal coloration with buff belly, and a broad light-colored mid-dorsal stripe bordered by a series of dark spots.
The photo on the left shows that the anal scale (the large scale covering the vent, at mid photo) is divided into two sections.
Scales beyond the vent, to the tip of the tail, are also divided.
www.bugsinthenews.com /small_brown_snake_090202.htm   (958 words)

 Untitled Document
Dorsal scale row formula 17 15; dorsum brownish with small fl markings; a series of bold vertical or diagonal dark streaks extending from under or behind eye to margin of upper lip.....................................................................
Dorsal scale row formula 19 17; in adults, dorsum uniformly fl, venter immaculate; area along supralabial sutures often dark, but no bold streaks on upper jaw (in juveniles, dorsum of body red, head fl; in subadults, dorsum of body brown, head fl)....................................................................
Red scales may be dusky, but not tipped or marked with fl; 0 24 fl rings on body, some of these often incomplete dorsally............................
www.uta.edu /biology/campbell/guatemala/snakes.html   (2791 words)

In addition to the scales of pentatonic scales are very important.
Keeled scales Keeled scales refer to scales (on snakes, at least) that, rather than being smooth, have a ridge down the...
Scales Mound, Illinois Scales Mound is a village located in 2000 census, the village had a total population of 401.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /topics/scales.html   (118 words)

 The Garter Snake Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Scales on snakes in general are either keeled or smooth.
Keeled scales have a prominent ridge which gives the skin a texture which feels rougher to the touch than a snake with smooth scales.
There are 19 rows of scales at the mid point of the body.
www.geocities.com /stephvern/gart2.html   (342 words)

 Scales (from snake) --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
The scales on the upper portion of the body may be extremely smooth and shiny, or there may be an elevated longitudinal ridge, or keel, running down the center of each scale.
It is thought that the pentatonic scale represents an early stage of musical development, because it is found, in different forms, in most of the world's music.
They are characterized by an enlarged scale on the end of the tail that may be rough or spiny.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article?tocId=208141&ct=   (822 words)

 Key to the Lizards of Colorado   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Keeled scales on rear of thigh, dorsal color variable.
Scales in front of gular fold abruptly enlarged; occurs on eastern slope.
Scales in front of gular fold not abruptly enlarged; occurs on western slope.
coloherp.org /keys/lizards.php   (272 words)

 Snake Identification Characteristics
Scale Texture refers to the shape of the individual scales on the dorsum of the snake.
To a great extent, the amount of keeling of the scales is related to the shine of the scales.
Smooth scales are shiny and strongly keeled scales are usually not.
www.snakesandfrogs.com /scra/ident/characteristics.htm   (1719 words)

 Cortland Herpetology Connection -- Glossary
This plate may be single (one scale) or divided along the mid-line into two scales.
Keeled scales -- Snake or lizard scales that have a raised ridge running horizontally along each scale.
Scale rows -- The scales on the bodies of snakes are arranged in rows that extend down the length of the animal.
www.cortland.edu /herp/keys/glossary.htm   (412 words)

 ZooPax: A Matter of Scale: Part III
Some scales in monitors are underlain by small dermal bones similar to those found in the scales of turtles and crocodiles.
Iguanids are known for the variety of their scales, but note that the body scales are fairly uniform and arranged in neat rows.
The two general types of scales found in snakes are smooth scales, which are shiny and reflective, and keeled scales, which have one or more ridges down the central axis of the scale, and which are rougher.
www.whozoo.org /ZooPax/ZPScales_3.htm   (822 words)

 MokoPili.net - Snakes of Phoenix and surrounding areas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Scales shiny and cycloid, not enlarged on the belly.
Brown or dusky pigment may be present on bases of the scales of the light crossbands.
Scales in pattern areas usually one color, not partly dark and light.
www.mokopili.net /phoenix/snakes.htm   (3297 words)

 Smooth and Keeled Scales   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
In contrast, keeled scales have a raised ridge running lengthwise down the center of the scale.
As a consequence, most snakes with keeled scales are not shiny; they have a dull, non-reflective appearance.
If you are not sure it has keeled scales, but your snake is not shiny and its color pattern is dusty, drab or dull, chances are it has keeled scales.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu /natsci/herpetology/fl-guide/smovskldscales.htm   (257 words)

 Oakland Zoo: Great Plated Lizard   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Lower eyelid is covered with small scales and there are rough scales on the head.
Scales on the back have pronounced keels and the soles of the feet are covered with slightly keeled scales.
The animals are yellow-brown on the upper surface; each scale is often dark-centered, creating a speckled to striped effect.
www.oaklandzoo.org /atoz/azgplateliz.html   (289 words)

 Cyperaceae in Flora of North America @ efloras.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Spikelets consisting of 2 scales, distal scale subtending flower; culms with branches in successive false whorls, which terminate in clusters of leaves essentially indistinguishable from stems; spikelets borne singly on branches arising from among leaves.
Scales glabrous, never both notched and awned at tip; spikelets less than 3.5(–5) mm diam.; achenes 0.6–1.8 mm, mnutely papillose.
Scales puberulent on abaxial surface, often glabrescent, notched and awned at tip; spikelets mostly 4–10 mm diam.; achenes 2.3–5.5 mm, smooth.
www.efloras.org /florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=10246   (1734 words)

 Independent Study Fair Report
All rattlesnakes, for example, have keeled scales, but not all snakes with keeled scales are rattlesnakes.
Scale patterns, for all snakes, are made up of individually colored scales.
Scale patterns are patterned to blend in with the patterns usually seen on the ground where the snake lives.
www.oberlin.k12.oh.us /talent/isp/reports2004/5David.htm   (4986 words)

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After fertilisation the young cones leave the erect position, and gradually become pendulous, their scales becoming closely imbricated, and in the usual form of the species green in colour.
He considers that it should be planted on a large scale in the cut-over land in the north, where the tree will provide a future supply of wood pulp, as it is in every way superior to the native spruces.
in length, rounded at the apex, light brown, with scarious scales ; terminal bud girt with a ring of acuminate keeled pubescent ciliate scales and closely surrounded at the base by the uppermost leaves of the branchlet.
fax.libs.uga.edu /text/6tgbitxt.txt   (18930 words)

Scales are smooth, shiny and uniformly blue, blue-green or fl back.
A brown stripe on scale rows 1-2 extends onto the sides of belly scales.
Body scales are keeled as opposed to other lizards found in the park.
www.nps.gov /prwi/reptiles.htm   (1515 words)

 Lab VII. Snakes
Specialized infrared-sensitive pits are usually present in the upper or lower labial scales, but are variable in presence (absent in sand boas), position (sometimes in the rostral scales), and number.
Scalation is similar to that of colubrids; scales generally are not keeled, as seen in vipers, and elapids lack the loreal scale.
Head scales are large plates, much like colubrids, which is unusual for a snake that is thought to be primitive.
www.inhs.uiuc.edu /~chrisp/Lab7.html   (4036 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Scales - The scales on the backs of snakes are either smooth or they are keeled.
Smooth scales, just as the name indicates, have a smooth surface that reflects the light, making the color pattern of many smooth-scaled snakes shiny, glossy or irridescent.
They may be only one scale wide or may be several scales wide.
www.arches.uga.edu /~nallen/Glossary.htm   (376 words)

 A Biological Profile of Opheodrys aestivus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Opheodrys aestivus is the only species in which keeled scales are possessed.
The 17 mid-body rows of dorsal scales are keeled; the anal plate is divided.
This is a dainty slender serpent that poses a white or yellowish-tented ventral region.
www.kingsnake.com /globalherper/issues/1_2/gsnake.html   (640 words)

 How to Identify Snakes
Some snakes have scales that are rough (or have a ridge on them).
Snakes that have no rough (keeled) scales are often quite shiny in appearance.
The anal plate on a snake is the last body scale on the underside or belly.
www.kentuckysnakes.org /how2.cfm   (736 words)

 Tricks for Identifying Snakes
On the Common Garter Snake, each side stripe is confined to the 2nd and 3rd scale rows (except in Texas).
Garter snake have keeled scales, which means that each individual scale has a narrow ridge running down its middle.
Garter snake anal plates -- the large scale or scales next to the anus, at the end of the broad belly plates -- are single.
backya2.fatcow.com /snakidnt.htm   (381 words)

 India4u - Travel - Wild Life - Snakes
The head scales are edged with fl and the overall colour varies from yellowish to deep olive-green but the tail if often jet-fl.
The underside is uniform pinkish-red (coral), bright scarlet at vent, and the underside of the tail is bluish.
The head is blunt and has the same width as the neck; the scales are smooth and slightly glossy.
www.india4u.com /wildlife/snakes.asp   (1274 words)

 Herpedia.com - North American Glossy Snakes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Description: Resembles the Gopher and Great plains Rat snakes but has smooth glossy scales rather than keeled scales.
The scales in 25 to 35 rows and the anal plate is single.
It is a capable burrower and is usually seen on the surface in the early evening hours during warner months.
www.herpedia.com /E/NA/snakes/DS/glossy_snakes.html   (328 words)

 Are snakes slimy?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Belly scales are often oblong shaped to help the snake grip the surface.
Belly scales are broad, to grip the surface.
Seasnakes have tiny granular scales for a sand-papery skin that grip slippery fish.
www.szgdocent.org /resource/rr/c-slimy.htm   (757 words)

 Reptiles and Amphibians of Nebraska   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
A keels is a tiny ridge down the middle of a scale.
Keels of scales obvious on snake's back and sides.
Scales with small keels on middle of back only, scales on sides are smooth.
snrs.unl.edu /herpneb/snake/keeledscales.asp   (70 words)

 Upton Herpetology - Snakes
Slender, narrow body with three tan to bluish stripes; one down center of back, and one each down side on 3rd and 4th scales rows.
Keeled scales Checkerboard pattern may be present on dorsal side.
This species has crescents on belly, keeled scales and double anal plate.
www.bnl.gov /esd/reserve/snakes.htm   (1170 words)

 Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Cyprus (TRNC, KKTC) - Lizards   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
8-12 longitudinal rows of keeled tubercles on dorsum, continuing on tail, tubercles are longer than wide; toes lack adhesive pads and slender, subdigital scales smooth.
The flat and triangular head is covered with asymmetrically distributed small scales and plates; pupils round; spiny scales on the neck and sides of the head.
The dorsum is covered with small and large scales; the tail with rings of spiny scales, two rings forming a segment.
bornova.ege.edu.tr /~bgocmen/hc_lizards.html   (2666 words)

 The Rough-scaled Snakes, Genus Tropidechis (Serpentes: Elapidae), including the description of a new species from far ...
Specimens were generally observed (both live and dead) and a number of key measurements were taken of body scales in terms of numbers and size and shape, from which general differences were able to be ascertained.
It is generally separated from all other Australian elapids by it's strongly keeled scales along all or most of it's body (Cogger 2000).
In Tropidechis carinatus this scale is always widest at the front point where it joins the supraoculars (on each side) at the point where the front border of the supraocular runs towards the sides of the head and borders the prefrontals.
www.smuggled.com /trosad1.htm   (3145 words)

 Snakes of Pakistan: Saw-scaled Viper, Sochurek's or Eastern Saw-scaled Viper, Multiscale or Transcaspian Saw-scaled ...
Small head scales, except 3-4 larger supraoculars; 29-33 midbody scale rows; middorsal scales with flat keel; oviparous.
The loops work against each other, sawing side scales produce characteristic rustling noise which is enhanced by hissing sound.
Saw scale viper is recorded from sandy and rocky alluvial habitat, with sparse xerophytic to moderately dense grass and scrub vegetation.
www.wildlifeofpakistan.com /ReptilesofPakistan/sawscaledviper.htm   (1097 words)

 Bearded Dragon
Bearded dragons are medium-sized lizards that have spiny scales above its ears, at the back of its head, behind its mouth and along its sides.
The scales covering the body are a mixture of small and enlarged keeled scales.
The sharp scales around the face and along the sides help protect the bearded dragon.
www.eriezoo.org /bearded_dragon.htm   (184 words)

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