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A Male wild Adder (Vipera berus), taken yesterday on the South Downs near Brighton. A near full frame capture(just a little cropped on RHS to remove disturbing vegetation), taken handheld from a distance of 15 inches away.

The male is around 60cm long, and the female is approx 75cm, found throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Can be seen from March to October. During the winter adders hibernate underground. The young are usually born around August.
Adders are normally found on heathland or sand dunes. They can often be seen warming up their bodies (basking) in the sunshine. They feed on mice, voles and lizards.
Sometimes called the 'viper', of the three types of snake found in Britain, the adder is the only one which is venomous. They can be recognised by the dark zig-zag pattern running down the length of their back, and by the dark V-shaped marking on the back of their head.

Many thanks for your generous support of my last upload, with a special thank you to Julia (NaturesHaven) for the GEA and to Zoran(Bzox), Trev(Trev_B) and Stace (Stace) for their User Awards - all very much appreciated and valued Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 May 2013 - 12:11 PM
Focal Length:100mm taken 15 inches from subject, handheld
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:A View to a Kill
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:10 May 2013 - 11:19 AM
Tags:Adder, Kill, Male, Poisonous, Reptile, Snake, South downs, Venomous, Vipera berus, Wild, Wildlife / nature
Votes:66

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2162 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 11:22 AM

Oh wow...and you were HOW CLOSE???? a very brave lady....an amazing captureGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Danny1970
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10 May 2013 - 11:26 AM

Great shot, he looks very menacing.

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gary_d
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10 May 2013 - 11:29 AM

15 inches, Tooo close, a fantastic image. - gary

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Greyheron
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10 May 2013 - 11:33 AM

Glad you made the day Sylvia - a superb image and I'm sure you have many more to come - outstanding...

Mike

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almiles
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10 May 2013 - 12:03 PM

Beautifully sharp, great tongue position, well done Sylvia!

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 12:26 PM

An excellent shot of this find in it's natural setting, Sylvia: doubt I'd have chanced moving in so close, partly from ignorance about your subject, so thanks for that detailed narrative up top.
Ronnie.

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Daisymaye
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10 May 2013 - 2:17 PM

Weren't you afraid of being bitten? A great sharp image.......Sandy

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Geofferz
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10 May 2013 - 2:19 PM

Brilliant capture. Geoff

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 2:35 PM


Quote: Weren't you afraid of being bitten? A great sharp image.......Sandy

Not at all, Sandy - he was concentrating on my guide! Wink They also will not normally attack if you keep very still, even if you are within striking distance. I only got this shot because I was out with an expert who knows his snakes!

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Goodley
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10 May 2013 - 2:55 PM

just love it sylvia,cracking detail,and a great background,
kev.

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 3:29 PM

An excellent image, you are much braver than I am,

Ali

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chalkhillblue
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10 May 2013 - 4:26 PM

1st class Sylvia.
David

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MalcolmM
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10 May 2013 - 4:31 PM

Superb image - well done.
Malcolm

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tomcat
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10 May 2013 - 5:21 PM

Superb in every way Sylvia

Adrian

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Trev_B
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10 May 2013 - 5:51 PM

Wonderful Sylvia and very brave of youWink

Trev

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rogerdoger
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10 May 2013 - 7:06 PM

Great Shot Sylvia,looks like you had a great day.
Regards Roger

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Maiwand
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10 May 2013 - 7:24 PM

Top quality from every angle Sylvia. Great shot.
Ron

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mauriceegan
10 May 2013 - 8:32 PM

Excellent image Sylvia
Maurice

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 9:12 PM

This is bloody brilliant Sylvia
Richard

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Glostopcat
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11 May 2013 - 1:02 AM

An image of exceptional quality Sylvia, you were brave to get so close. I'm most impressed with the clarity and detail

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11 May 2013 - 1:05 AM


Quote: 15 inches, Tooo close, a fantastic image. - gary

If this were an amphibian Gary you'd have been running down the frog and toad at a speed quicker than Usain Bolt!Tongue

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johnjo58
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11 May 2013 - 5:35 PM

Wonderful animal superbly photographed Sylvia, love this image
David

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12 May 2013 - 3:18 PM

Superbly captured with the flicking of the tongue - immaculately detailed - and a killer bg. Well deserving of all the UAs Sylvia.
Brian.

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PhilSingleton
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13 May 2013 - 11:02 AM

Wonderful image Sylvia. Great timing with the tongue - he certainly looks dangerous !!

Phil.

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DonMc
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14 May 2013 - 8:36 PM

Sylvia, I am so jealous of this amazing image!SmileSmileSmile
Don

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15 May 2013 - 7:09 PM

Lovely shot Sylvia.

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