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Snake Skeleton, Belize, 2000

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No longer slithering, a snake skeleton lies silent in Belize's Chiquibul Cave system. A labyrinthine series of limestone caves carved by rainwater and the subterranean Chiquibul River, the cave system in western Belize is home to thousands of intact skeletons dating back 10,000 years or more.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Inside Chiquibul," April 2000, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by Stephen L. Alvarez

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