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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-17
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/74099368.0
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Snakes - Serpientes - Serpents, Reptiles of Europe, Reptiles (Reptilia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-04 8:01
Viewed: 6290
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another reptile from Montenegro :)

This picture was taken in Skadar Lake National Park, one of 5 Montenegrian national parks.

It presents a young individual (about 35-40 cm) of Dice Snake - Natrix tesselata (Laurenti, 1768) (Colubridae: Natricinae) .

In Skadar Lake NP this species is rather common and easy to observe especially in the early evening. During this time many specimens are leaving water where they spent a day for hunting for small fish species and frogs, and they come back on the land to spend the night.

In place where this photo was taken every evening about 5-8 specimens were observed on the area of about 20-30 m.

The colour of N. tessellata is a little similar to Vipera berus, and beacuse of that it is sometimes mistaken with this poisonous reptile.

Some other animal species photographed by me in Skadar Lake NP you can find here and here.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-04 8:20]

Hello Radomir,
Great shot of a Natrix species that I have never seen. The use of flash and focusing on the head made this a fine portrait of this snake, especially as you have the whole of the snake in the picture.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-04 8:48]

Hello Radomir,
composition and light are superb. Particularly, I like the pebble background. The focus is exactly on the snake's face. A nice picture.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-04 10:03]

Hi Radomir

Another splendid raptile photo from you, my friend!
This N. tessellata here looks really great and you managed to capture it all is a frame, thanks to the great position you caught it in.
The focus is excellent and the details on the scales and eyes are outstanding! Lovely colors and light, too.
It's also very nice to hear that there is a strong and numerous population there :)

Bravo and TFS

Hi Radomir,
Looks poisonous to me:-)
Interesting content.
I wondered, these Montenegrian national parks..how big are they?

Czesc Radziu
Fajny zwierzak, fajna notka. Szkoda ze glebia ostrosci nie jest lepsza

Kind of viper like, indeed. Probably a way to intimidate predators.
Nice capture.
Very informative note

Hello Radomir,
I like the pose of the snake and the quality of the shot is excellent!
Very clear and sharp, good contrsat and focus!
Best wishes,

Hi Radomir,

This is a wonderful capture of a dice snake. It lookes realy relaxed in this picture :)
Very nice collors, composition and details !


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