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Ok…so I’ve finally dragged my butt back into EPZ. All’s well over here and I hope the same’s so for the lot of you.

I was wondering what image to come back with and then this little cutie decided it for me.

This was taken on Tuesday just after I’d got back from a walk. VERY cooperative little fella and didn’t move while I was busy taking pics. There are what look like scuff(le) marks on its tail and I wondered if its cooperativeness had to do with…you know…whether or not its future was short. Probably not…’cos after I was done, I stroked its tail and it glided off quite healthily. *Phew*…I was a bit worried about it.

I went online later and found an ID. It’s a Striped Kukri Snake. Harmless and non-venomous. Hmmm…probably should’ve Googled it before, huh? Oops Smile

V2 is pretty much how it looks and my hand was placed there for scale (no pun intended). V1 has the Pop Art filter applied to it in the Olympus software.

Gotta say…it’s good to be back and looking at your pics Smile


Andrew

PS My fingernails have been cut since that shot in V2 Blush

Camera:Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
Lens:Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture Priority
Flash:Fill-in
White Balance:Auto
Title:Little Cutie
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:1 May 2014 - 2:19 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Harmless, Non.venomous, Reptile, Small, Snake, Striped Kukri Snake, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 2:35 PM

He is rather beautiful, Andrew, despite me not being fond of snakes at all Wink Two excellent captures, love the humour in V.1. Carol

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8526 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1091 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 2:37 PM

Just needs a mini-ladder.
I think I might have checked out the ID before stroking its cute little tail...
Welcome back, you've been missed!
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 2:54 PM

And it's good to see you back with us, Andrew.
I echo Moira's point about checking beforehand: I have an instinctive suspicion of all wildlife whether it's larger or smaller than me Blush
But this snake is undeniably cute.

The inclusion of kukri in the name calls to mind a Great War story I read not so long ago:

The Gurkas in the British Army had a fearsome reputation among the Germans. Proud of their super-sharp kukris that could decapitate a man with one swipe, the Gurkhas liked to creep up to the enemy trenches at dead of night to slit the throats of the sentries rather than using inefficient bayonets or noisy rifles.
One German sentry thought he had fended off his assailant and began to make fun of him, something along the lines of
- Silly old Indian couldn't hurt a flea!
- Oh no? replied the Ghurka. Now, German soldier, please try to nod head!

Regards
Bill

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 2:54 PM

Wow Andrew nothing like coming back and scaring the living daylight out of me. Fetching your camera, stroking it's tail and putting your hand near it are all very brave. I would have been standing on the table screaming for help. That said its a beautiful snake. Great captures.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123264 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 3:02 PM

Love version 1 Andrew.

Welcome back.

Ken

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 3:05 PM

Welcome back stranger and what a lovely chap you've captured, love it's colour.Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 3:05 PM

Thanks, all, and for the welcome back Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 3:13 PM

Bill, love the war story Grin Singapore still has a Gurkha regiment and their reputation is still intact!

According to ID info, this snake is so named 'cos its back teeth are shaped like kukris Smile

And yep, you and Moira are right - must check the ID first next time. Especially since I've learnt that the Banded Malayan Coral Snake has somewhat similar markings! Yikes.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 3:29 PM

Great imagery, love the caption. "Welcome back"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Ted447
Ted447 e2 Member 180 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 3:40 PM

Fine image. Ted. GrinGrin

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 3:41 PM

Hi Andrew! Love the splat in V2. Grin
Great to have you back, fingernails and all. SmileSmileSmile

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 4:21 PM

Lovely to see you back, I missed you you old so and so, or should it be young. Any how every body's young to me. Look forward to more Andrew.
Peter GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1341 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
1 May 2014 - 5:13 PM

Really good to see you back! And nice to meet your new friend too Grin

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
1 May 2014 - 5:18 PM

A rather beautiful little snake.

good to see you back

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 5:20 PM

Brave Man Andrew, I mean for getting so close to an unidentified Snake , not for returning to EPZ, we all know the dangers of that Wink

JohnSmile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 5:26 PM


Quote: ...not for returning to EPZ, we all know the dangers of that Wink

JohnSmile

Aye Grin

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 5:31 PM

Yay!!!!......Glad to see you back AndrewGrinGrin
I saw a snake at the weekend, in the wild too, I was going to take a pic, be brave like you, get down on the grass for a close upGrinGrinGrin, then I decided against it......................it had been dead a good whileTongueTongueSad
Lovely shots AndrewSmileSmile
Diane

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 5:35 PM


Quote: Yay!!!!......Glad to see you back AndrewGrinGrin
I saw a snake at the weekend, in the wild too, I was going to take a pic, be brave like you, get down on the grass for a close upGrinGrinGrin, then I decided against it......................it had been dead a good whileTongueTongueSad
Lovely shots AndrewSmileSmile
Diane

Ooh...wish you'd taken a quick shot (not necessarily a close-up) just for the record Smile

Mine was so tiny I didn't feel any threat. It was like a large colourful worm. But I should be warier of the colours.

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evelen
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1 May 2014 - 6:33 PM

welcome back Andrew thanks for the comment , two wonderful images of the snake .
eve.Smile

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andylea
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1 May 2014 - 6:44 PM

v1 for me today andrew a cracker nice to see you back Wink
andy

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 7:07 PM

Unusual and cute - well I can say that from this safe distance - may not be so happy in close proximity! Good to have you back in the happy family.Smile
Joan,

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Fred263
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1 May 2014 - 7:38 PM

Two great images. v1 is my fave. Welcome back.

Fred.

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AlexAppleby
1 May 2014 - 8:27 PM

Glad you are back Andrew - nice to see you again!
You are right - it's a little cutie, and I didn't realise how little until I saw V2. I love snakes, so I'd have kept it! Still you did the next best thing and turned it into an excellent image! Well done.

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
1 May 2014 - 9:24 PM

So glad you are back Andrew. You have been missed. Lovely shot. I would be guilty of doing that as well! Cathy

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 10:59 PM

He's just a tiny little snake. I wouldn't have been too scared either. My dog caught a monster snake today. About 2 feet long. Pulled it out of the water and started shaking it. I screamed and she let it go. Great shots. V1 is my favourite.

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LynneJoyce
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1 May 2014 - 11:13 PM

Wow, what an adorable reptile and on that essential Mondrianesque background too! Terrific shots.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 11:37 PM

V1 is outstanding---graphics, composition, colors!---superb!

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2014 - 12:09 AM

Well hello stranger !!
Nice to see you back Andrew.
And with good work too.
Mick.

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SimonFletch
SimonFletch e2 Member 1SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2014 - 8:29 AM

You've been missed, Andrew, so a warm Welcome Back Grin
I see you've been 'snake charming' with a 'charming snake' Wink
Love the caption - suits the 'return of the prodigal son of EPZ' Wink
Great story about the snake with the Kukri Teeth...
given its size, you can be excused for thinking it was just a 'little nipper'... Smile

Simon

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Jekaro
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2 May 2014 - 9:04 AM

Two fabulous images Andrew, it has to be V1 if only for the detail and humour.

Roy

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 437 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2014 - 5:33 PM

Such dramatic markings - I think I might have checked whether it was poisonous first before I got near it thoughGrin

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helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2014 - 8:17 PM

Welcome back Andrew - well spotted shot, and I like the way he is curled around the central straight line SmileSmile
Helen

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2 May 2014 - 8:49 PM

V1 for me too Andrew Smile So nice to see you back Smile
Jan

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3 May 2014 - 7:38 PM

Good to see that you've decided to slither back onto epz again Andrew, this snake is a lovely little fellow and he is so strikingly marked and coloured.

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annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2014 - 5:48 PM

wow, he is really a tiny little gem. Bet he was more afraid than you.. considering v2 Smile

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bliba
bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2014 - 8:44 PM

cool
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nice to see you back

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2014 - 11:39 AM

Brilliant image and brave of you to be that close.
Very arty.
Kate

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