|Copyright: Ali ramezanian (aliramazanian)
|Date Taken: 2013-07-16|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-07-30 8:37|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Hi my friends in Tn . i found this angry viper in tandureh N park in NE of iran few weeks ago & I like so much too see your opinions about this shot . kind regards Ali .|
Macrovipera lebetina is a venomous viper species found in North Africa, much of the Middle East, and as far east as Kashmir. Five subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate race described here
This is a large snake, with females reaching 150 cm (59.1 in) in length and males a little less. Sizes vary between different populations, with M. l. lebetina being somewhat smaller.
It will be found under short trees with thick shade close to the roots if the outside temperatures reaches 45 Celsius plus.
The head is broad, triangular and distinct from the neck. The snout is rounded and blunt when viewed from above, which is why it is also called the blunt-nosed viper. The nasal and nasorostral scales are almost completely fused into a single plate, although some variation occurs.
The dorsal scales are strongly keeled, except for those bordering the ventrals. M. l. lebetina usually has 146-163 ventral scales. The anal scale is single.
The color pattern is less varied than one might expect from a species that is so widely distributed. The head is normally uniformly colored, although it can occasionally be marked with a dark V-shape. Dorsally, the ground color for the body can be gray, brown, beige, pinkish, olive or khaki. The pattern, if present, is darker, can be gray, bluish, rust or brown in color, and may consist of a middorsal row or double row of large spots. When two rows are present, the spots may alternate or oppose, which can produce anything from a saddled to a continuous zigzag pattern. The spots are usually brown, dark gray or black, but are sometimes red, brick, yellow or olive in color. Males are usually 3 and a half feet (1 m) long, while females are 5 feet (1.5 m) long.
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