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Oropel
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Copyright: Roberto Garcia (Rgarcia) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 4 N: 15] (146)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-17
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Olympus E510, Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-19 19:44
Viewed: 4616
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Venomous pitviper species found in Central and South America. Small and arboreal, these snakes are characterized by their wide array of color variations, as well as the superciliary scales over the eyes.
This is a relatively small species that rarely exceed 75 cm in length, with females being larger than males. They have a wide, triangular-shaped head, and eyes with vertical pupils. Like all pit vipers, they are solenoglyphous, having large, hypodermic needle-like fangs in the upper jaw that fold back when not in use, and have heat sensitive organs, or pits, located on either side of the head between the eye and nostril.

Its most distinguishing feature, and origin of its common name, is the set of modified scales over the eyes that look much like eyelashes. The eyelashes are thought to aid in camouflage, breaking up the snake's outline among the foliage it usually hides in. B. schlegelii occurs in a wide range of colors, including red, yellow, brown, green, even pink, as well as various combinations therof. They often have black or brown speckling on the base color.

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Hello Roberto,
Looks pretty dangerous....
Very good document and well composed.
TFS
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