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Macrovipera lebetina

Macrovipera lebetina
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-17
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-30 7:25
Viewed: 3039
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Macrovipera lebetina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Blunt-nosed Viper.

Yiannis (yiannis) and Hasan (Stavrogonno) have recently uploaded two beautiful photos of this impressive snake.
I took this photo in very difficult conditions in late afternoon with very low and strong opposite light. I have uploaded it in order to show you the size of this Viper.
The victim is an immature Gallinula chloropus (Moorhen).
On the back of the snake there is a dragonfly ( male Trithemis annulata ). From the size of the dragonfly (32-38mm), I estimate that this individual is 145-175 cm.

Macrovipera lebetina is a venomous snake (Viper) in the family Viperidae up to 180 cm long. It is found in the Middle East and western Asia to north India and in parts of North Africa. The nominate subspecies was restricted to Cyprus in 1928 by Mertens and Müller.

In Cyprus Macrovipera lebetina is a common and widespread snake found from coastal areas up to higher beaks of the mountains.
It is highly venomous and its bite is very dangerous. It can cause death if not treated promptly.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-09-30 7:44]

Hello Christodoulos,
Impressive snake with its length. You were there on the right place at the right time. Despite the difficult conditions, a very beautiful photo in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours.

This is a live action shot of a big snake gobbling up a Moorhen, Chris, and you have done a good job of it despite the conditions you mention. In situations like that, we can't waste time looking for ideal conditions.
I am afraid of snakes, but despite my phobia, I can't help looking at this intense scene from nature.

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent action shot with great sharpness and lovely natural colours,TFS.

hallo Christodoulos
very good picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Incredible size dear Christodoulos
Didn't know such big snakes occur in Europe

Hi Christodoulos,
brrr, I hate snakes. But I like your presentation. A lot of details. Amazing colours.
Have a nice evening,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-30 10:29]

Hello Christodoulos.
What a moment you've captured. The details are nice.The conditions have not allowed for better pity the photo.Regards Siggi

Hello Mr.Chiristodoulos,
Very rare incident.You are lucky.Attractive snake.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Christodoulos. Impressive DOF stunning details and perfect management of colours/light. Great time for the dramatic moment.


Good evening Christodoulos
Amazing moment You caught.In difficult light yes but with impressive sharpness and clarity.Well done!
Thank You
Best regards

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of fantastic snake, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-30 15:49]

HI Chris,very god work,it's always difficult to take a complete long snake and you caught very well this rare opportunity,great details and exposure,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-09-30 23:25]

Good image showing this snake devouring a bird...good lighting and colors. tfs.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-10-01 0:09]

very impressive a capture here despite tricky light condition Christo .. I was ignoring that dangerous snakes live on your island .. I better to look after another destination for my next holidays ;) :D; ..


nuri :)

Hello Christodoulos,

Ohhhh my got !!!!! perfect, perfect, perfect !!!!! Congraculations ...


Καλησπέρα Χριστόδουλε,

Τρομερή φωτογραφία...μακάρι να ήμουν εκεί να έβλεπα αυτή την σκηνή!
Πάντως, εξαιρετική η φωτογραφία σου κάτω από αυτές τις συνθήκες!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-01 10:45]

Hello Christodoulos,
A very interesting posting, we don't see every day a snake and its prey. It seems that you didn't go too close, you are right with Vipers. Impressive how they swallow so big preys. Thanks for this documentary shot.
Bonne soirée

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-01 11:30]

Hi Christodoulos,
Good shot and with a very good moment captured.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Christodoulos, incredibly nice and terrible.Congratulations.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-10-01 13:44]

Great moment and picture of this snake in acction. Congratulatin and thank you for sahring it. Saludos.

Hello Christodoulos,
Very interesting action photograph of this dangerous snake. Well done in the difficult light conditions. I would not want to be anywhere near it as I am allergic to snakebite serum. Very well done indeed.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-03 19:29]

Hello Christodoulos,
What an awesome image of this rather large viper. I have to laugh at myself, I couldn't figure out what it had in it's mouth until I read your notes. I first thought it looked like a lady's purse:) How neat...you have three subjects in one frame, a snake, a dragonfly and a partially visible Moorhen.

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