Nature in Action at Djerassi
By Dawn Sumner
Snakes dance beautifully, providing their own music with rattles in dry grass. Their tiled patterns shift as skin stretches to consume other tiled patterns. So many subtle features are tuned by evolution to make snakes what they are in all their biological and social complexity. This one was a mild danger to unwary artists, so we relocated it to a slope far from the artists' barn, saving the rest of our local lizards in the process.