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Ssssssstop or I Sssssssstrike !

By teocali
Close-up shot of another wild Female Adder (Vipera berus), cropped in to about 60%, taken on the South Downs, Sussex last week, handheld, the subject being about 5 inches from the hood of the macro lens. I was in the company of an experienced guide, licensed to handle Adders and Smooth snakes, so the whole exercise was perfectly safe.

These fascinating and poisonous creatures deliver their venom by a stabbing action, rather than biting. The lower jaw hinges down, allowing the fangs to flap down from the roof of the mouth and then the creature lunges forward towards its victim with a stabbing action. The venom has the effect of causing the victims blood vessels to break down and disintegrate.

Thank you all for your great response to yesterdays upload and a special thank you to Jenny-D for her User Award - all really appreciated Smile

Tags: Wild Female Snake Reptile Close-up and macro South downs Adder Poisonous Vipera berus Venomous Wildlfeandnature

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ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
15 May 2013 1:22PM
An amazing capture, good use of dof...even with a guide you are very brave...not for me, too scaredGrinGrin

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lovely detail great shot. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
15 May 2013 3:42PM
Hopefully you were in an armour suit while so close. Fabulous details......Sandy
johnke 5 223 15
15 May 2013 3:54PM
Superb Sylvia and so well presented, love the eyes....John
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
15 May 2013 4:16PM
Very special just being able to get this close and spending time observing them, let alone coming away with images as good as this - beautifully done Sylvia...

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
15 May 2013 4:31PM
Another very special image Sylvia. - gary
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 5:02PM
Rather you than me - but a splendid resuly Sylvia SmileSmile
15 May 2013 6:37PM
Another great image of this beautiful creature, very well captured indeed,
that wonderful eye, excellent nature photography once again Sylvia.
15 May 2013 7:55PM
Great shot
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
15 May 2013 8:15PM
Exquisite capture Sylvia. Brilliant focus on that eye and tongue, great POV and composition. Love it.!!GrinGrinGrinGrin
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 9:13PM
brave capture
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 9:46PM
IMHO the best of the series Sylvia, top work
15 May 2013 9:53PM
Fantastic image Sylvia, 5 inches from the snake,experienced handler or not, wow, it wouldn't be me, 500 yards would be close enough for me, excellent capture
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
15 May 2013 9:55PM
A terrific shot of this viper poised to strike, a real ssssssssssstunner Sssssssssylvia!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
15 May 2013 9:57PM

Quote:Fantastic image Sylvia, 5 inches from the snake,experienced handler or not, wow, it wouldn't be me, 500 yards would be close enough for me, excellent capture

You are almost as bad as gary_d is with frogs and toads Maurice, although being from the Emerald Isle you've probably never seen a snake, as they have been absent from the Island ever since St Patrick drove them away!
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
16 May 2013 9:12PM
Ssssssssssuperb but ssssssscary Sssssssylvia.Smile
Ray42 10 3 England
17 May 2013 8:19AM
An excellent capture - straight out of Jungle Book!!!! LOL
DonMc 9 United Kingdom
19 May 2013 11:59AM
SSSSSSSSuper image of this fine Adder SylviaSmileSmileSmile

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