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14 Jan 2012 1:50AM
great

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Leilani 11 29 3 England
14 Jan 2012 2:09AM
Wow stunning shots...is that a Boiga Dendrophila (mangrove cat snake) and is it yours? Sheeesh venomous critter but I see no fangs? Did you remove them from the image? Love snakes (miss mine) and this image really is a credit to your skill...nice one! Smile
Leilani 11 29 3 England
14 Jan 2012 2:16AM
Okay got it...rear fanged and hatchling Smile
Angi_Wallace 8 172 10 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 2:26AM

Quote:Okay got it...rear fanged and hatchling Smile

Not mine unfortunately, one from my partners shop the Reptile zone. Yeah, I was disappointed at the lack of fangs - Ive zoomed in close to the all and can see no sign of them, probably why they are so infective.
Hoping to catch vipers striking next, tgheyre much faster though.
eyespy 10 1 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 3:18AM
stunning snakes. i always look forward to seeing your next upload. keep up the good work
OceanOak 4 3
14 Jan 2012 3:31AM
Great detail and colour. I am assuming that this is a composite using three images of the same snake.
Not a snake expert but I think the fangs are hinged towards the front of the upper jaw and lie back on either side of the mouth until the strike when the points come down and forward. It is possible that they are visible in the mouth facing the camera as what appears to be a set of gum lines.
Itís a striking photograph.
Thanks.
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
14 Jan 2012 3:45AM
Stunning -- I can't image this not taking the toprpize.
-=\Walter
tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 7:25AM
...and it should be a worthy winner IMHO

Adrian
Angi_Wallace 8 172 10 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 8:49AM

Quote:Great detail and colour. I am assuming that this is a composite using three images of the same snake.
Not a snake expert but I think the fangs are hinged towards the front of the upper jaw and lie back on either side of the mouth until the strike when the points come down and forward. It is possible that they are visible in the mouth facing the camera as what appears to be a set of gum lines.
Itís a striking photograph.
Thanks.



Hi there
It is a rear fanged snake, which is why you cant see the fangs, they are very small and that fact together with the positioning is what makes them so ineffective - I am a bit of an expert with the Boiga species - Im one of the few people in this country that has bred them and one of only a handful at most who has worked with more than 12 of the Boiga subspecies Smile
buxton 8 England
14 Jan 2012 10:37AM
Stunning shots, excellent detail.
Martin..
14 Jan 2012 12:41PM
Great work,
kev.
14 Jan 2012 1:45PM
Excellent work, a winner I think............Sandy
14 Jan 2012 3:10PM
Excellent work Angi Wink
Niknut Plus
6 1.2k 68 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 4:34PM
GrinGrinGrinGrin !!!....fantastic shot !....gorgeous quality !!!!!
PattiW 10 24 2 United States
14 Jan 2012 9:07PM
Glad to be your # 30 for this great image. I am not particularly fond of snakes but I admire your work and they are quite colorful! Patti
OceanOak 4 3
15 Jan 2012 2:33PM
Thank's Angi for the expert knowledge about the fangs. I was 61 when I first held or touched a snake, in fact about two months ago in Tanzania. I have a lifelong phobia about touching animals. Still not keen on cats, bigger animals are more acceptable.

I realise now the amount of preparation and expertise required to get those TV wildlife documentaries. They look spectacular but we are spoiled for visual experience with these programmes.

In fact it is really difficult to get good shots even in places where there are thousands of animals.

It was not long before I realised that finding a balance between a great close-up and keeping the background setting would be a constant problem. I did not want a photograph that could have been taken through the bars in a zoo.

Also getting the driver to stop the truck quickly enough and in the right place to get the picture before the moment is lost. And eagles always fly away before the camera is up or sit still for ever when you don't want to miss that moment when they spread their wings to take off.

So much happens in the dark, so many night noises when you camp out in Africa.


So much to learn.
ianrobinson Plus
6 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2012 9:12AM
this is brilliant Angie.

Ian

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