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Grass snake

Grass snake
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-24
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-25 4:19
Viewed: 9238
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
It is a young grass snake with collar of surroundings 30 cm length which I discovered in my garden, it was heated by the sun on a hurdy-gurdy stock. I found his posture interesting to make a photograph.
The Grass Snake, sometimes called the Ringed Snake or Water Snake (Natrix natrix) is a European non-venomous snake.
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. The underside is lighter in colour. In Britain the Grass Snake is the largest reptile reaching up to 120cm total length.
They prey almost entirely on amphibians, especially the common frog, although they also occasionally eat mammals and fish. Grass Snakes are strong swimmers and are usually found close to fresh water.
Grass Snakes hibernate over the winter and mate soon after they emerge in the spring during April or May. The leathery skinned eggs are laid in batches of 8-40 in June to July and hatch after about 10 weeks. As eggs require a temperature of at least 21° C to hatch, rotting vegetation, including compost heaps are preferred locations. The young are around 18cm long when they hatch and are immediately independent.
Not being venomous, their only defenses are to produce a foul-smelling fluid from the anal glands and/or feign death. Sometimes, they will also perform fake attacks, striking without actually opening their mouths. They bite in defense rarely.
ISO 400.

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-08-25 4:32]

ce serpent est très beau malgrè qu'il me donne des frisson euheuh!!
jee rigole
très bons détails et très belles couleurs
bravo a vous

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-25 6:03]

Merci Didier de me présenter cette couleuvre. Car quand je vois ce genre de bestiole rampante moi je cours, sans chercher si c'est venimeux ou pas ;-)
Pose sympa avec le tête en et une belle expo dessus qui la met en valeur. Bravo mon ami.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-25 6:37]

Hi Didier, nice shot. Good details and textures. Well captured and TFS.

Hi Didier,
I really like the way you composed and framed this shot. I think that is really what makes it! The colors and detail look very good. Some nice textures in this shot. Excellent notes as always. Looks great!

Hello Dider, excllent Pov, Details, excllent use of lighting and details, are crisp, TFs Kyle

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-25 11:53]

very nice shot of yours Didier,
a well taken shot, good in point of view, and nice are the details in the well taken composition, very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-25 15:07]

Nice POV Didier...

+ composition, POV, DOF, color, notes, framing, background.

= lighting, sharpness.

Greetings... Ricardo

Fantastic shot Didier, stunning details, excellent sharpness and colours/lighting. Great POV, DOF and composition. Thanks for posting.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-25 19:46]

Hi Didier
Wow great portrait shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV. Also good note and composition.
Well done my friend


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-27 17:00]

Bonjour Didier,
I'm not a fan of snakes, but I must say this is a very well composed close up. Nice POV and very good details, specially the sparkle in its eyes.

Hello Didier,
great composition with amazing soft atmosphere.
Excellent light.


Bonsoir Didier,
Une composition peu commune pour cette photo. J'aime bien cet angle de vue.
Je n'ai jamais réussi à photographier les orvets de mon jardin (qui se faufillent tellement vite) alors je suis admirative ;-)
Félicitations !
Bonne soirée

Cool shot Didier,
Interesting composition and POV..Nice sharp detail with great color and DOF. I like the spotlit effect on the head & that glint in the eye too :)
Nice work mf.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-07 3:37]

Hi Didier

As i've been gone on a trip, it occured to me just now what beautiful photos i've missed!
This is indeed a great one, taken from a nice POV, with super sharp details, very good light and lovely colors. Also very nice note in which you couldn't be more acuarte:
1. they to produce very smelly "fluid" (which are in fact their excrement) when threatenned
2. they mime their attack, keeping their mouths closed.
All-in-all, very well done, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Quelle beaute! Nous avons beucoup de cette espece dans Roumanie, apellee "serpent de maison" aux Roumain. Clin d'oeil!

Attitude remarquable de ce serpent. On dirait qu'il est content.
Bonne journée

Bonjour Didier,
J'essayais de trouver une de vos superbes photos que je n'avais pas commentée et voici! Qu'elle merveille! J'adore cette prise de vue, cette composition, les couleurs, les détails et sans oublier, le superbe éclat dans son oeil. Vraiment, j'adore cette photo et je ne sais pas comment j'ai pû la manquer. Tout est sublime dans cette prise de vue! Merci,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-30 13:23]

Just having a look in your gallery :-)I love the composition here, wonderful POV and sharp details



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