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Eryx jaculus-Mahmuzlu Yilan - 1st in TN


Eryx jaculus-Mahmuzlu Yilan - 1st in TN
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cyber Shot DSC W55
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-01 18:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After mid-night, my clock showed 00:13. When we (with Ferhat Toprak) walked in the castle of Silifke (Mersin Province) for searching bats. Our main purpose was to find the bat of Eptesicus anatolicus (Anadolu Genişkanatlı Yarasası, Anatolian Serotine) (CHIROPTERA: VESPERTILONIDAE). I saw a snake under small torch's light at the entrance of inner castle. This was a boa snake; Eryx jaculus (Linné, 1758) - Mahmuzlu Yılan, Kum Yılanı [TR], Javelin Sand Boa [EN] (OPHIDIA: BOIDAE) which is the first for TN.
Yes, it was a boa, but not long as much as ones shown in documentary films. It has only about 1 m in lenght (it can be seen totally in Workshop). However, it kills preys by constriction as like larger boids, e.g. Boa contrictor Linné, 1758.
I checked it many literature and they note this snake is crepuscular (active primarily during twilight). Ours was active nocturnally.
It feeds on mainly rodents and it is an important species to control rodent populations.
E. jaculus doesnt attact humans, if it is not disturbed. It is already non-venomous snake.
The snake is oviviparous and females give a birth of about 20 young.
E. jaculus vertically ranges up to 1200 m a.s.l. and it prefers dry, gravelly and sandy biotop. This snake is seen in North Africa, the Balkans in Europe, Turkiye and the Middle East. In Turkiye, it has been known from Thrace (European Turkiye), South and Western Anatolia, Ş.Urfa and some parts of Eastern Anatolia with three subspecies:
a- E. j. jaculus (Linné, 1758),
b- E. j. turcicus (Oliver, 1801),
c- E. j. familiaris Eichwald, 1831.

As for derivatio nominis of the species name, Eryx refers son of Aphrodite in Greek mythology. jaculus means "thrown" in Latin, but it has second meaning mythical serpent or dragon.

I think the post is suitable gift as a celebration card for my teachers and two herpetologists, Professor Abidin Budak and Professor Mehmet Kutsay Atatür (matatur) from Ege University (Izmir).
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REFERENCES:
1.
Budak, A. & Göçmen, B., 2008, Herpetoloji (2. baskı), Ege Üniversitesi
Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basımevi, Bornova-İzmir, 226 pp.

2. Göçmen, B., Budak, A. & Karataş, A., 2008, Sürüngenler [Reptilia], pp. 166-181, in: Karataş, A., Karataş, A. & Sözen, M. (Eds.), Aladağlar'dan Bolkarlar'a "Niğde’nin Biyolojik Çeşitliliği" [Biodiversity of Niğde -from the Aladağ Mts to the Bolkar Mts-], Niğde, 346 pp.).

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Hello Ahmet

A lovely capture of this snake.
The texture of the skin and the colours are wonderful.
Excellent lighting and colours.
Lovely eye detail.
TFS

Wolf

Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
Selam!!
Congratulation for another 1st in TN posting!
very nice captured with good lighting, total sharpness, good colour and superb details over the Javelin Sand Boa!
well done and TFS
greeting from NZ
Tony

How lucky you are my friend to find this wonderful snake..
Thanks for share and your notes are really good
Hugs

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-01 22:11]

Hi Ahmet,

Congratulations on being the first to present this Boa on TN. A wonderful shot with superb details and colors of his skin and face. It might be my imagination but he seems to have a smile on his face. I am amazed at how well the eye stands out even though the colors are similar to the skin. Thank you for posting the workshop to give us a good idea of the size of this snake.

Jane

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-01 22:36]

Hi Ahmet

Great shot - excellent pov plus good detail. The note is especially interesting.

James

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-01 23:00]

Hello Ahmet,
amazing close up showing the colour variations and scale details.fine work.TFS
Best Regards
Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-01 23:01]

Günaydin dostum Ahmet,
Congratulations on this first for TN with this excellent capture of a Sand Boa! The sharpness and use of flash are perfect and the POV and composition are great.
TFS this excellent image and your usual informative note.
Eline saglik,
Selamlar,
Ivan

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-10-01 23:01]

Hello Ahmet,

Very good composition. Excellent focus on the head. Great reproduction of the colours and texture.
Cheers,
Mariki

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-01 23:55]

Hello Ahmet
Very impressive. A good capture of the snake - and all his patterns and colours are so clear to see.
And thank oyu for your interesting notes too,
TFS
Janice

Hi Ahmet.

Beautifull photo. "Sharp", with nice color tints and contrast. TFS!

If you havent already, come and check my gallery. There's everything for everyone! :-)

Greetings.
David

Merhaba Hocam, gurubun bızdekı tek uyesı:) Cok hoş bır kare olmuş, elınıze sağlık. Canlı olarak sadece Bayram Hocamın arazı donuşunde odasında gormuştum. Çok sekerler.
Saygılarımla

Fİliz

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-02 4:11]

Hello Ahmet, Very nice and lovely post of this first one in TN. Well done Ganesh

Hi Ahmet

This is what I like about TN, every day I learn something new. A boa in Turkey!!, I would never have thought there were so many reptiles in Turkey until I joined this site.
Great capture, good composition and sharpness TFS.

Chris

Selam dostum,
Çok ilginç bir tür ve detaylı fotosu..
Netlik,kadraj ve renkler nefis...
Bayramınız kutlu olsun...

Marhaba & Salam Ahmet,

This is an excellent capture of this snake. Excellent colors & detail with informative notes. TFS ...akhi Ahmet.

Eid Fitir Mubarak & Kolo Amm wa antom bekhair to you & the family.

Salam & Eid Mubarak

Umar

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-02 8:03]

Hello Ahmet,
How interesting to come across a Boa on your expedition!! 1 metre is long enough for me but I'm surprised at how thin it looks in the Workshop. However, both captures are very interesting and well taken showing great details of its skin pattern and colours. A very interesting note too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-02 11:36]

Hello Ahmet,
Great to see a new species on TN. A lucky meeting. Beautiful details in very clear light and colours. Nice composition.
Regards,
Peter

Ahmed'im,
Bu günler dalgıncayım, az daha bunu da kaçırıyordum, bir de Abidin hoca ile bana hediye ettiğini okuyunca bir tuhaf oldum, sağolasın arkadaşım. Bu sakin, efendi tabiatlı kum boğasını bir kez daha görmekten ayrıca memnun oldum , en beğendiğim, hoşlandığım yılanlarımızdandır, her iki resmi de tanıtıcı karakterleri bolca içeriyor. Pek bilinmeyen bir yönünü de ben ekleyeyim; sakin görüp pek kurcalamaya, kızdırmaya gelmez, bir defasında bir resim çekme seansında yardımcımın parmak ucunu neredeyse koparıyordu, ciddi bir ısırık yarası açan birey de 45 cm kadardı...
Mehmet

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-02 14:35]

Hi Ahmet,
a great photo of this Sand Boa - yet another first for TN!
Excellent sharpness and detail.
Very good low POV.
Great light.

Well done,
Joe

Hocam merhabalar...
yılanlarla pek aram yok ama son günlerde her yerde yılan efsaneleri dinlemeye başladım. Boyu 1-1,5 metre olan tombul ve "boynuzlu" yılan hikayeleri torosların değişik köylerinden geliyor. Efsanemidir değilmidir ondan da emin değilim gerçi... Siz de duydunuz mu?

Hello Ahmet,
I believe you are correct.We haven't seen this Boa yet on TN.This is a fine capture of it too.
You must have got quite close to light and photograph it with such clarity.
Its a very nice dedication to your two professors.
I'm sure they will be pleased with it.
Cheers
Steve

hello Ahmet,
his nocturnal visits in search of bats can carry interesting meetings,amazing capture of this species of boa and impressive visual in WS

greetings sERGIO

Kodiang
Oct 13, 2008

Ahmed Karatash, Assalamualaikum. Unusual post from you and unusual time to spot a boa after midnight. Good shot and focus with the aid of light. The framing is good with the blurring tail to signify the length. Congratulations for another TN first and TFS. Have a nice week ahead and best regards. Jusni

Hi Ahmet
great portrait and just perfect exposure, great notes too
cheers
tom

great close up, TFS Ori

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