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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

Voters: Eastlands, Redziggy, MD2009 and 48 more

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Comments


ColleenA Plus
3 315 3 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
15 May 2013 3:42PM
Hopefully you were in an armour suit while so close. Fabulous details......Sandy
johnke Plus
3 223 15
15 May 2013 3:54PM
Superb Sylvia and so well presented, love the eyes....John
Greyheron Plus
13 280 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...

Mike
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
15 May 2013 4:31PM
Another very special image Sylvia. - gary
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 5:02PM
Rather you than me - but a splendid resuly Sylvia SmileSmile
Helen
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.
David
15 May 2013 7:55PM
Great shot
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
15 May 2013 8:15PM
Exquisite capture Sylvia. Brilliant focus on that eye and tongue, great POV and composition. Love it.!!GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 9:13PM
brave capture
15 May 2013 9:46PM
IMHO the best of the series Sylvia, top work
David
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
Maurice
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
15 May 2013 9:55PM
A terrific shot of this viper poised to strike, a real ssssssssssstunner Sssssssssylvia!
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 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
Maurice

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 Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
16 May 2013 9:12PM
Ssssssssssuperb but ssssssscary Sssssssylvia.Smile
Brian.
17 May 2013 8:19AM
An excellent capture - straight out of Jungle Book!!!! LOL
19 May 2013 11:59AM
SSSSSSSSuper image of this fine Adder SylviaSmileSmileSmile
Don

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