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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-09
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Minolta dynax 500si super, Minolta AF 75-300
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-12 15:37
Viewed: 17547
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We were just arrived in Sri Lanka and sitting on the beach after a long flight and then the Cobra visited us.

From wikipedia free encyclopedia:
Cobras are venomous snakes of family Elapidae, of several genera. Elapidae also include the taipans, brown snakes, tiger snakes, fierce snakes, coral snakes, mambas, and sea snakes. Elapidae cannot fold their fangs down, as Viperdae can, so the fangs are generally shorter. They generally inhabit tropical and desert regions of Asia and Africa. Cobras kill their prey, usually small rodents and birds, by injecting a neurotoxin through their hollow fangs. The neurotoxin blocks the synaptic communication between the victim's neurons and muscles, thus stopping movement and control. The King Cobra notably eats other snakes; it feeds almost entirely on other snakes, even venomous ones (ophiophagy). The spitting cobra can also incapacitate larger would-be predators by delivering venom to their eyes. Cobras come in varying colors from black or dark brown to yellowish white. The (jet) black cobra found in North India is considered a sub-species of cobra.

The cobra's most recognizable feature is its hood, a flap of skin and muscle behind the head which it can flare, perhaps for the purpose of making it appear bigger and more threatening to predators. The cobra's predators include the mongoose and some raptors.

"Cobra" is the Portuguese common name for a snake; it came from late Latin *colobra (for classical coluber, colubra). When Portuguese navigators arrived to the coasts of Africa and South Asia in the 16th century, they named the cobras "cobra-capelo" = "hood-snake"; from this compound, the name entered Spanish, French, English, and other European languages.

The cobra is important in Hindu symbolism.

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Hello Vivian!
nice to see your great and interesting photo.
It's really good shot and very good not.
Very well done!

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-04-12 16:40]

Hello Vivian,

What a surprise you should have get when you see it on the beach!!! It should not be obvious to take a picture of so a mortal snake! It should be the reason why the focus is not so well done ;-)



Salut Vivian
Belle prise de vue que ce Cobra.Belle composition ,belles couleurs ,beau cadrage et très jolis détails.C'est le genre de bête que je n'aimerais pas rencontrer.
Bravo et au revoir.....JP

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-04-12 17:33]

Hi Vivian,

Well done on the effort and composition.
If only it was clear and in focus.


Hi Viv,
Interesting shot .. however it is not sharp. I wish the POV had been slightly to one side so we could have seen the forking tongue ... you have a 300mm zoom so I dont think you were within striking range ... I initially thought that you photographed a snake charmer's cobra but it seems this was a wild one .. in that case, the POV is just fine, I would'nt be hopping around one of these guys unless the snake charmer is close at hand.
You seem to have the same issue that I am battling .. the "burnout" of the white parts of the subject. Cant help you with that yet ...
TFS :)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-12 23:39]

Great capture Vivian, well done on the composition. I don't think the image quality is there though, it looks like it is too big for its original number of pixels. But a very good effort. Thanks.


Hi Vivian,
I like the composition and pose here. Good exposure and an interesting shot. Great note.
Well worth the post. TFS!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-10 22:37]

Hi Viv, I don't think I've seen one of these on TN. Scary!! It is a good composition, the sharpness isn't too good, but the interest of it gets the greenies from me. Thank you for showing us this Cobra, as I don't think I'd have been as close to it as you were.
Well done,

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