"It's like God let a six year old with a crayon design a snake!"
It’s understandable why most people are terrified of snakes. After all, the legless reptile comes in all shapes and sizes, and most are predators. However, there is an interesting species of snake that might be considered derpy. These serpents actually look like they were drawn by a small child.
The Arabian Sand Boa (Eryx jayakari) is a harmless species of boa that live in the Arabian Peninsula. It is also known as Jayakar’s sand boa and lives most of its life buried in the sand. All that time in the desert may have caused the sand boa to evolve to have both of its eyes slightly above its skull.
The Arabian Sand Boa gets its scientific name and common name from the Indian surgeon and naturalist Atmaran S. G. Jayakar. It is a relatively small snake with a total length of 15 inches. The Jayakar’s sand boa has a blunt snout and is either yellowish-grey or sandy brown. It also has dark speckles all over its body.
Interestingly, the Arabian Sand Boa is not endangered although it should be easy prey for other predators.
This has led to jokes that the snake’s appearance causes its possible predators to laugh when they see it, giving the boa enough time to escape.
It might not be a fearsome predator but people can rest assured that the Arabian Sand Boa is proof that evolution has a sense of humor.
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