I took this picture of a Florida Banded Water Snake recently while roaming around Corkscrew Swamp in Southern Florida. The moment I loaded this photo into my computer, the word “Patterns” came to mind. My eye is immediately drawn to the pattern of black lines that start just below his eye and extend downward, wrapping under his mouth. An interesting feature is that there is a separation of these black lines formed by his mouth. Yet, when the mouth is closed, the black lines match perfectly!
Next, my eye is drawn to the pattern produced by the white and black “scales” just behind his mouth. Layer upon layer, these scales extend the full length of the snake’s body and are so designed that no matter how the snake positions his body, they interact with each other in such a way as to provide protection for the snake at all times.
Then there is the pattern formed by the lines or ridges that extend along the length of the snake’s entire body. Look more closely and you’ll see that these ridges are formed by yet another pattern of small “links”, the distance between each link appearing to be exactly the same. If that is not enough, these links are so arranged as to form diagonal lines around the snakes body forming another pattern!!
Lastly, there is the pattern formed by the lighter, tan “bands” (thus, the name “Banded” Water Snake) that wrap around the snakes body.
A casual glance and one might say, “It’s just another snake.” But a closer look, outlined above, leads me to conclude, “Wow! What a beautiful creature!” As a Christian, the above only strengthens my faith in the existence of a Divine Creator! This snake, with its lines, sculpted scales, perfectly-placed ridges, etc., is a masterpiece!