Here is a bit of the epidermis that I plan on doing for the creature. The Silurian species from Doctor Who have the perfect exoskeleton that I am looking for. Being reptilian, their skin closely resembles that of a snake's.
Snake Skin Tattoo
A Silurian Female
And here is some experimentation with the eye of the creature. Snakes do not have any movable eyelids but as humans do and as I would like to think that I am partially human, my spliced creature has a bit of human eyes with snake like characteristics.