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Copyright: Ali ramezanian (aliramazanian) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 32] (531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-16
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-30 8:37
Viewed: 1691
Points: 4
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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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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-30 13:32]

Hi Ali,magnificent and incredible face to face whit this vipera,you like the risk as i can see..eheheh...great details on the face and nice perspective whit the blurred body,very bright colors too,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ali
I think you could not have too many opportunities to "play" with this viper. What I like is the eye, which reminders me "The lord of the rings".

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