booq (booq) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Idiom?

Hi folks :
Would anybody explain please what does the sentence below mean? Why the writer have used ladders and snakes?
[q]With the pregnancy she broke out in a peculiar coppery eruption all over the body and the arms :  it was a smooth eruption as if somebody had painted ladders and snakes all over her.[/q]
Lots of thanks in advance!
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