Gabriella Levine

ongoing and past work

Animals and a portrait of one

This is a portrait of the Ajolote, or the Mexican mole worm. This lizard is of the Amphisbaenia (legless) suborder of squamates, or scaled lizards. —qualities:

Mexican mole worm
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Amphisbaenia
Family: Bipedidae
Genus: Bipes
Species: B. biporus
Binomial name
Bipes biporus

His name is Suitcase Mernie Pipe. His skin is bright and rather dry, despite its shiny appearance. He slithers like a snake and his cross-secional body segments allow his body to compress and expand in a wavelike fashion, resembling that of a worm. However, for balance and mechanical tasks, he is blessed with two small hands. His ancestors live in taupe or mauve-colored sand, although he himself has morphed into a neon fluorsecent color, since he was transplanted into a land of neon color. His species has evolved to mimic his neon surroundings, in order that he not get picked up by predators (most of whom are human hands trying to play with him).

He is friendly and playful, although he sometimes gets anxious and uptight when he starts to feel helpless. He has trouble feeling tied down or overly comfortable, and often treats pleasure as an obligation. He is loyal and hardworking.

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