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Black Rat Snake

Black Rat Snake
Photo Information
Copyright: Kris Kearns (kkearns) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 60] (244)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 USM, (digital)
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-24 7:03
Viewed: 2859
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Beaver Marsh - CVNP - Black Snake was sunning himself in a tree on Saturday afternoon. He was about 5 ft high in the tree.

Adults can become quite large and are known to reach up to eight feet, being the largest snake found in Canada. The record length is 101 inches (2.6 m), making it (officially) the longest snake in North America. Unofficially, indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi) are known to exceed them, and one wild caught pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus) with a portion of its tail missing measured 111 inches (2.8 m).[citation needed]

Juveniles are strongly patterned with brown blotches on a gray background (like miniature fox snakes). Darkening occurs rapidly as they grow. Adults are glossy black above with white lips, chin, and throat. Sometimes traces of the "obsolete" juvenile pattern are still discernible in the skin between the scales, especially when stretched after a heavy meal.

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Disappointment ...is the appropriate word to describe the image of this Black Rat Snake, Kris Kearns. The chosen point of view couldn't expose the beauty of the snake ... and the cropped frame took part of the creatures body for no reasons! Why?
George Veltchev

Hi Kris first of all I do not think of this image as all that bad nor would I be so critical as George Veltchev above me in my assessment of it as there is a difference in critiquing something and criticizing it.It is true you have left the far left hand out of the view somewhat but since I wasn't there at the time the photo was taken,I can't say if that could of been avoided.The image as presented is on the underexposed side somewhat but the colours are rich and the focus-sharp.A good photo to have shared with us and I like it.Kris keep on photoing wildlife as I know you are decent photographer and to let let anyone say otherwise.Thanks for the view.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Kris,
I see you have been up at CVNP already this year. I haven't been up there yet, but I have gone up to Sand Run Metro park in Akron looking for salamanders.
This is a nice shot of the Black Snake taken from an attractive low POV. I also like the earth tone coloring and good detail. Well done!!

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