By modifying the sidewinder’s technique, the Desert Roller Snake is able to cover great distances at high speeds. Forming a wheel-like circle by partially swallowing its own tails, a rolling snake can race across the desert dunes in search of food and water.

Yet another desert scene, this is just something a little silly that came to mind when I was trying to decide what this week’s drawing would be.

If only snakes would recognise the invention of the wheel and adapt their travel technique, they could get from A to B in record time, provided the elevation of B is less than that of A and there is a relatively clear path with little debris in the way. Enter the Desert Roller Snake.

These snakes would probably need to adopt an alternative method for paths on an incline. Sand in the eyes and motion sickness may also be issues, so clenching the eyes closed every revolution when the head contacts the ground would be necessary. Either that or protective eye-wear could be employed. The motion sickness could be alleviated by taking Dramamine or equivalent.

I imagine travelling this way might also be a choking hazard, not to mention the potential for punctures.

The environment in this one is eerily similar to the (penguin) Animal Foreign Exchange Program drawing, so I’m hoping a desert roller snake doesn’t accidentally bump into and devour that penguin during its trip.

Drawing and colouring this was entertaining, though my shadows may be all over the shop. Still, it conveys the basic idea that there is a sun somewhere over there on the left hand side.

The next time you’re wandering aimlessly through the desert in a search for civilization, be sure that any ‘tyre tracks’ you find and decide to follow are indeed tyre tracks and not those left by a Desert Roller.

This one could have alternatively been titled ‘Snakes on an Inclined Plane’.

(There was also very nearly a Dessert Roller variety before finding and eliminating a typo.)