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I'm not a viper...

I'm not a viper...
Photo Information
Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-17
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/121 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Montenegro
Theme(s): Snakes - Serpientes - Serpents [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-15 5:53
Viewed: 5746
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dice Snake - Natrix tessellata (Laurenti, 1768)
Polish name - zaskroniec rybolow

It lives in in Italy, Southeast Europe, Turkey, Western to Central Asia and in the Middle East. The maximum lenght is 2 m. The colour may vary from greyish green to brownish or almost black, with dark spots on the back. There are no distinct head markings. It is not poisonous, as a defense it empties its cloacal contents which has disgusting smell.

The species is the most aquatic european snake, typically found along coasts and lake shores. Its diet consists mainly of small fish. They hibernate from October to April in dry holes near the water.

The breeding season is from May to June. In June to July the females lay their eggs near the water, in loose earth under stones or in piles of dead plant matter. One clutch consists of 10-25 eggs. The young snakes hatch in early September.

This snake was taken at the stony bank of the Skadar Lake, where it is exteremely abundant. Up to ten snakes may be seen in an hour just sitting quietly in one spot over the water.

Other details:
focal lenght (35mm): 85mm

dew77, halki, slrnovice2, luvsdogs3, mishe, red45, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-15 6:05]

Hello Michal!
I dont like snakes but your capture is wonderful.Sharpness,details,POV and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-15 6:28]

Hello Michal!
Very nice capture.Colours,POV and sharpness are great...
Thanks for posting.

Hi Michal, This is a lovely shot, very sharp, good DOF, BG, exposure and composition. Very well done :)

Great macro pic. Its great that u can see the scales on its head. Thanks, Ori

The eye is captivating, Michal. The details are wonderful and I like the S-curve in the composition. Very well done! :-) Thanks for sharing this snake with us... you don't see too many snakes on TN.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-15 12:25]

Unusually sharp details on a snake, Michal. Great shot with excellent exposure and POV. Great composition. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2005-08-15 14:18]


Uwielbiam węże, pieknie pokazany, jakość żyleta, (jak dla mnie to może odrobine większa GO). Pozatym wszystko jak należy.


P.S Dałem opis do zdjęć szczurków :)

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2005-08-15 16:22]

Zdravo Michal!
Excellent photo.
Sharpness,composition and clarity
are excellent.Very well done.
Congrats and thanks.
Best wishes and regards,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-15 16:52]

Excellent capture Michal! I like reptiles, especially snakes and this one is really good. Very sharp, with great details on its skin. Pose is also very good.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-15 18:13]

Michal, this is a very nice shot.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition.

Dof highlights the head/eyes.

An excellent job.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-16 8:20]

Hi Michal, I have no time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

Day thought:
I have something in my heart which tickles my soul. (Luc)

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

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