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Copyright: Odette Van Nieuwholtz (OdetteVN) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 127] (386)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-06
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 75-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-15 11:55
Viewed: 6721
Points: 32
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Common Name: Boomslang
Scientific Name: Dispholidus typus
Snake Family: Colubridae
Description: Long, agile tree-dwelling snakes.
Characteristics: Difficult to see in their natural environment, not overly aggressive but approach is swift and without warning when attacking.
Reproduction: Oviparous (egg bearing) with as many as 8-25 young hatched in the Spring.
Length: 100-160 centimeters
Habitat Distribution: Common throughout the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, which includes some of the poorest countries in the world and the Island of Madagascar, throughout the Comoros archipelago, Mauritius, and Seychelles.

Boomslang (Dispholidus typus)

The Boomslang Snake is a rather large, highly poisonous tree dwelling snake found throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Boomslangs are greenish to brown or even black in color. These coloring variations are the greatest of any other snakes in their Afrotropic regional habitat. It is the adult females that are usually brown in color, with males a light green color often with black or blue highlights outlining the edges of their scales. This snake is a one deadly animal because of its preference for aerial positioning in tree top and shrub cover. Hard to see in the thick forested cover of the savanna, the Boomslang Snake is well camouflaged and strikes without giving any warning signal. The Boomslang delivers a potent Hemotoxic venom to its victim through large, deeply grooved Folded Fangs positioned in the rear of its mouth and this snake bite can be fatal if left untreated.

Hope you like it.

klemmg, scottevers7, TAZ, dew77, marhowie, gerhardt, Luc, Nico, Athila has marked this note useful
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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-01-15 12:05]

Hi Odette,
Stunning colours and the complementary colur combi makes the snake really pop out. As does the composition, and the use of DOF. Excellent shot and with a good note too!

Hi Odette,
I really like the light in this shot. It does a great job of really highlighting the head area to show that beautiful coloring. The head area is sharp with a nice falloff in the DOF. Well composed and framed with a great note. Well Done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-15 12:19]

Hi Odette!

Maybe it is poisonous and dangerous, but also very beautifull. Lovely green colour, excellent POV. You're very brave woman :-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-15 12:21]

What an impressive snake that you have well captured ! I like the effect of DOF and beautiful colors. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Odette and thanks for sharing.

Excellent capture Odette and well composed. The color, light, and POV are perfect.
I did a workshop to try & improve this great capture. Well done.
Thank You!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-15 13:33]

Superbe contraste de couleurs et bon focus.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.


You already know what I think about the photo. :) I love it.

But now when studying it at home I have my doubts on the ID. Boomslang or Green Mamba?? I know they are often confused with one another.

Green mamba - Brigh green sometimes with a few scatterred yellow scales. Below yellowish green.

Boomslang - The colors variate a lot. I think the most of any snake in SA.

The normal way of distinguishing between the two is the eyes. The boomslang has a much larger eye than the mamba. In this photo the angle of the shot makes it very difficult to tell. But if I have to make a choice I'll say small eye. :)

Do you have another photo of it? If you do please mail me the photo. I would love to find out.

Boomslang photo

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-16 0:51]

Very good.
Thank you, Odette.
Sorry, I have no time thase days to write decent comments.

"Whatever happiness is in the world
has arisen from a wish for the welfare of others;
whatever misery there is has arisen from indulging selfishness."
~ Buddhist Proverb ~

Hi Odette,

It is a very nice picture, but it is definitely a Green Mamba. I'm convinced of it. Well done otherwise!


Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-16 4:24]

Hello Odette!
Magnificent close up.I liked DOF you managed,
POV,colors,clear details on head,blurred BG,
framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-16 12:51]

Exotic looking shot Odette!
I really like how the focus increases to perfect with the head. Very nice effect...;-)
Well done!

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-01-17 9:15]

Hi Odette

Very good capture. Especially if taken through glass. Nice clear focus and detail. I must agree with Gerhardt, this is definitely a green mamba. The eyes are too small (and the wrong colour?) for a boomslang. Great post anyway. TFS


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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-17 10:26]

Cute photo of dangerous snake. Composition good. TFS

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-01-19 10:29]

Hello Odette!

Great shot of this snake! Well exposed, color saturation is impressive. I love the sqare format and the diminishing DOF brings all attention on its head.
Excellent work and TFS.

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  • yves64 Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 66] (1182)
  • [2007-02-05 14:07]

bravo odette

exellente photo mais ce n'est pas un boomslang mais un mamba vert ( DENDREOASPIS VIRIDIS)



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