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Copyright: Marcin Pakulski (marcin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-27
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 50-500mm f4/6.3 DG EX Apo HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-26 13:57
Viewed: 2830
Points: 4
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Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)

Favourite habitat being damp areas around ponds, reservoirs and marshland.

They feed mostly on amphibians and small fish. If threatened, they sometimes feign death by laying still, but can rear up in mock attack, hissing. They also excrete a foul-smelling substance, especially when handled, otherwise they are completely harmless to man.
The females mate at most every other year, but can live to 25 years of age.
In warm weather they can be seen basking in the sun. Like all snakes, they are cold-blooded and can only be active and hunt when they raise their body temperature in this way.

Size: Length; males up to 90 cm, females up to 130 cm.
Description: Variable colour, usually olive-green, but grey or brown is not unusual. Characteristic orange or yellow collar around the neck.
Young: 10 - 40 eggs laid in June or July, incubated by the female. Hatched in August or September and immediately independent.
Diet: Frogs, toads, newts, lizards, voles and small fish.

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Cześć Marcin!
Bardzo ładnie uchwycona główka tego zaskrońca, super odbicie w wodzie, doskonała ostrość i kolory. Dobra robota!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-10 8:56]

Hi, Marcin, again.
Funny scene and brilliant picture. I like wonderful rich colours, razor sharpness of the main subject – cute snake, excellent DOF and attractive centered composition. My best regards and TFS.

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