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: Badruddin Ali (badar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
: Animals
: 2003-10-26
: Reptiles
: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Exposure: f/5.1
: Snakes From India [view contributor(s)]
: 2006-11-30 9:36
: 4501
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The Saw scaled Viper is known as the phoorsa here locally. This is due to the rasping sound it produces by rubbing its scales against each other when disturbed.
It is higly venemous & a cause for a nos of fatal bites. The venom a haemotoxin, sometimes fatality has been known to ocour after a couple of days as this is a small snake & the amount of venom is small. Its movement is described by many as jumpy ( i have witnessed this myself), some authors also say it moves sideways in sandy desert areas.
Its range is entire Indian plains & extending towards the middle east.
While shooting this i was just out of its strike reach.
Light was poor.
A beautiful specimen
Shot in TIFF
32mm on coolpix 4500
ISO 100

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-30 11:22]
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Splendid shot, Badruddin!
The low POV is great and the spot-on focus on that amazing eye is simply excellent!
Lovely natural colors and tones, great exposure management and very nice sharp details complete this very beautiful composition.
Very well done!
Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2006-11-30 14:49]
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Hello Badruddin,
Excellent presentation of this beautiful viper, despite the poor light. Detail and comp. are great.
You were cool to come this close!
TFS, regards, Ivan

amazing close up, TFS Ori

Hi Badruddin.
I like your shot so much. Great sharpness and details of the viper, nice and well saturated colours, very good illumination of the viper's head and the whole picture, beautiful BG (colour tones and blurriness) and perfect cropping. TFS and my best wishes.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-02 14:06]
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Excellent picture, gret pov, nice details and colours and a good crop



I realy like that photo

Great shot of such a deadly snake. Excellent sharpness and details. The eye and head looks great. Compliments on such a fine shot... worth taking the risk.

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