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Western Whip snake

Western Whip snake
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-04
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Snakes - Serpientes - Serpents, Reptiles of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-04 15:06
Viewed: 6374
Points: 8
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Western Whip snake
Hierophis viridiflavus
Couleuvre verte et jaune

The Green Whip Snake or Western Whip Snake (Hierophis viridiflavus) is a species of snake in the Colubridae family. It is found in Andorra, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and possibly Luxembourg. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, arable land, pastureland, plantations , rural gardens, and urban areas.


Found under a big stone, then moved a little further for shooting pics.
Moving him is easy. Just pull your fingers under and pull up. He will start to go down but will quickly hold still with his tail as he don't want to fall/jump to the ground.
No aggressivity at all: no byting, no facing, no attempt to impress. Only trying to sneak away or hyde.

this one was hatched not so long ago. See workshop for size.

I went to the ground to make horizontal shots and give some perspective. I shot from a 90 degre angle to get all the head in the same focus plane. Camera hold agains the ground.
Only PP work: cropping out irrevelant area below and resized for TN.

Special thanks to Ilias Strachinis who pointed out my mistake about the ID. [ID now amended to the proper one: Hierophis viridiflavus ]

Thanks for looking


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Dear Jean Marie,
It is very sharp horizontal ground photograph of grass snake by you. Irrespective whether nonpoisonous, these snakes make you pump out adrenaline during close up. A good work by you. Cheers.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-05 0:11]

Hi Jean Marie,
Beautiful capture.It's very close.DOF you managed are perfect.
Thanks for posting!

Wonderful shot. I had never seen any snake so intimately. And the way you took the picture--- good angle and exposure.

Hello friend, great shot, but the snake is not a N.natrix but a young Hierophis viridiflavus. Notice the difference of the scales on the face.

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