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Grass snake in the grass :)

Grass snake in the grass :)
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Copyright: Iulian Gherghel (IulianGherghel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 2 N: 372] (1413)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-19
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L100
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-27 12:54
Viewed: 3430
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Grass Snake (Natrix natrix), sometimes called the Ringed Snake or Water Snake is a European non-venomous snake. It is often found near water and feeds almost exclusively on amphibians.
The Grass Snake is typically dark green or brown in colour with a characteristic yellow collar behind the head, which explains the alternative name ringed snake. The colour may also range from grey to black, with darker colours being more prevalent in colder regions, presumably owing to the thermal benefits of being dark in colour. The underside is whitish with irregular blocks of black, which are useful in recognizing individuals. In Great Britain the Grass Snake is the largest reptile, reaching up to 190 centimetres (6 ft 3 in) total length, though such large specimens are rare. Females are considerably larger than males, typically reaching a size of 90–110 centimetres (2 ft 11 in–3 ft 7 in) when fully grown. Males are approximately 20 centimetres (8 in) shorter and significantly smaller in girth. Weight is about 240 grams (8 oz). Since the colour of its collar is often pale yellow to white in the Balkans region, the name for this snake in Serbian/Croatian language is belouška/bjelouška, which means "white-eared snake" - similarly for some Italian regional names like biancone ("big white") or biacco.
This species is one of only three snakes to occur in Great Britain, and is distributed throughout lowland areas of England and Wales; it is almost absent from Scotland and is not found in Ireland, which has no native snakes. It is widely distributed in mainland Europe, ranging from mid Scandinavia to southern Italy. It is also found in north-western Africa. British Grass Snakes belong to the subspecies N. n. helvetica, but experts differ on the number of subspecies.

info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_Snake

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Hola Iulian

Una imagen excelente, una tonalidad perfecta con el fondo, y gran nitidez. Un Pov perfecto y bien acompańado con el fondo difuminado.

Un saludo Antonio

Hi Julian,

another nice snake which you catched with your Cam. I often in Greece but sadly I dont cached a snake only turtles etc.

Thanks for showing that very nice picture.


A very lovely image, Iulian. I like the low point of view, and your capture is well timed with that tongue sticking out!

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-28 2:28]

Hi Julian,

Good photo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-28 4:21]

hello Julian,
I see that you specialise in snakes..this one is harmless and I like the natural way you present the Grass Snake. Pleasant shot.
Thanks and kind regards

Bravo Lilian! S tazi snimka slagash v djoba si edin nadut tur4in tuk nare4en bayram, mnogo popularen i bezdaren liubimec na slabite fotografi. Strahotna snimka! Pozdravlenia!
S uvajenie
George Veltchev

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