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Chinese Rat Snake

Chinese Rat Snake
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-15
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon 58mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-05 23:19
Viewed: 6059
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A harmless snake of agricultural and forested areas, this species preys on rats, frogs and other small vertebrates. It is diurnal, and mainly a ground-dweller.

It can be identified by the olive coloured tail with dark-edged scales, and the faint pale brown banding which occurs on the thickest part of the body (though this feature does not occur in mature adults). Its eyes are relatively large.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-05 23:52]

Hi Chi,
Very good portrait of this beautiful snake. Lighting, background, colors and details are very nice.TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Chi,
A splendid macro capture of this handsome Chinese Rat Snake (genus: Elaphe?- I do not think so because it has not got any temporal band which it is main diagnostic feauture of the genus) with excellent details of its scalations and nice DOF friend! TFS.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-06 0:57]

Hi Chi,
Excellent capture.POV,DOF you managed,colors and use of light are perfect.
Thanks for posting..

Hi Chi, another great shot of this Chinese Rat Snake. I haven't got any snake shots in my collection, but since I don't know my snakes I'll wait until I leave Australia before I start looking. I like the close detail you have on this one, with very good detail seen on the eye and nostril, and it's skin. The backlighting you have behind him is very effective in "showing him off". Very nicely done.

Thanks, John

Hello, nice shot, good composition and pov and very well focused photo.

Good portrait of this beautiful snake. Thanks for posting ...

Hola Chi, la toma es nitida con muy buena luz y color, la luz del fondo realza la toma. Un saludo

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-06 10:49]

Hi Chi
wonderfull portrait of this beautiful snake.
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-06 11:25]

Hello Chi,
Wonderful portrait of this Snake. Light and colours are amazing beautiful. Fantastic light in the BG. Very good sharpness and DOF. Nice composition.

Hello Chi,
Well done.
Beautiful animal and you captured it very well.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-07 4:28]

Hi Chi.
Great close-up with stunning crisp sharpness and terrific details of the snake and fine richly coloured smooth BG. Magnification, POV and framing are excellent too. Well done and best wishes.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-07 16:56]

Hola Chi.
As usual high quality photo. Very sharp and focus. Beautiful BG colors.
Saludos My friend.

Chi, it is yet another marvellous facial portrait of this rat snake you shot in China.
The eye in particular is stunning in terms of sharpness and clarity.
Amazing picture, my friend.
TFS and regards.

Great shot, Chi!
I like yours photo, I added to prefers...


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