image catesbyrs vol250
Image number: RS.18796
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Ribbon snake

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > snake

Description

Zoological study of a ribbon snake, Thamnophis saurita, referred to here as Anguis gracilis fuscus, shown in a defensive, coiled position, alongside a Canella winterana specimen. The ribbon snake is native to Eastern North America.

Signed and inscribed below: 'Calyculato &c Anguis &c'

Plate 50 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas