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Grass Snake

By Julian
Male Grass Snake in tonguing mode. I just love these feisty creatures. I was so pleased to get anywhere near them today. My heart was the shutter of a 20D.

Grass Snake- natrix natrix

Grass Snakes inhabit grassland where there is plenty of water but will also come into gardens with ponds where they feed on tadpoles and small fish. They are totally harmless to human beings so if you do come across one of them then please leave it in peace. You should also know that in garden settings they also relish slugs and snails so they're a gardener's best friend really.

Tags: Macro Grass Close up Close-up and macro Tongue Grass snake Natrix natrix Wildlife and nature

Voters: scouseterrier, Pogs, BEVZED and 11 more

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4 Jun 2007 12:25AM
excellent capture hun. The snakes' head is very clear......well done.

Dee Smile
Pogs 15 13 England
4 Jun 2007 12:30AM
Great capture shows the beautiful markings clearly
BEVZED 14 1.1k United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 12:38AM
stunning capture with excellent detail, unbelievably sharp
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 12:44AM
Brilliant shot. Did not show up on thumbnail,neally missed it.
Wow just went large!
Good lens took out the grass by face.
Leary 14 15 1 New Zealand
4 Jun 2007 1:01AM
far out this photo is awesoem! great capture. and a nice dof.
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
4 Jun 2007 8:36AM
This picture is worth many more votes than this!! An excellent capture with great timing. Superb eye contact.
Newtman 15 2 5
4 Jun 2007 10:34AM
Nice capture, and the tongue is a great bonus.
Julian 17 76 3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 11:09AM
Thanks for the kind comments folks. I am pleased to get some attention for this one because it is probably one of the best of the photos I have taken recently. I think it suffers a little from the small thumbnail as Ringyneck says. I am thinking of cloning out a bit of the distracting background but don't want to do too much work to it really.
S_Boulding 14 72 England
4 Jun 2007 7:32PM
I love his tongue! Must have been fun photographing this snake! Nice Photo!
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2007 9:06PM
Ah... I see what you've done now with the 3rd snake uplaod. It works well with the different background. Luckily snakes have nice sharp edges which makes this a little easier unlike butterflies which are very hairy!
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2007 9:17PM
I've up-loaded a mod here with adjustments that I commented about in the latter upload.

From this shot it's clear it was very bright sunlight so if it were mje I'd have reduced the exposure a little more on the camera to compensate. It would have avoided the blown highlights in the grass and the scales. Strong sunlight, dry grass and reflective scales are not an easy combination!

I also see why that blade of grass was there now with the original background and can see you framed the shot well to get a clear sight of the snake rather than managing to get the only blade of grass from miles around right across the snake as it appeared in the latter image with the modified background! Smile

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