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Taiwanese Beauty Snake

Taiwanese Beauty Snake
Photo Information
Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-24
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 320
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-19 22:24
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Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taiwanese Beauty Snake / Orthriophis taeniura friesei

This image of the Taiwanese Beauty Snake was also taken at the Pretoria Zoo (at the Reptile section) which we visited the day before Christmas last year. When I first saw the snake, I thought to myself that it is a really beautiful specimen. Normally we note down any info provided on the information boards at the enclosures and great was my surprise when I saw that it is actually called a Taiwanese "Beauty" Rat Snake.

I always wanted to capture a photo of a snake with an open mouth or with its tongue darting in and out and I was so fortunate to get this one with its "wide opened mouth" playing the perfect model for me. My previous snake photo (which won the 1st price in a nature photographic competition) was totally different to this one, as with this one I could get real close, because we had the glass between us, and I was not afraid that it was going to spit me in the eye or strike at me at any moment.

If I am correct, this is the 1st time this species is featured on Trek Nature.

General Facts
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Elaphe
Species: taeniurus friesei

Colour variable, usually light and dark shades of brown and yellow. Anterior part of the snake is patterned with splotches and banding while the tail has just stripes.

Geographical range and habitat
Forests of Taiwan.

Rodents and birds. Kills by constriction.

Life cycle/social structure
Oviparous. Lays 4 to 5 white eggs. Incubation lasts approximately 70 to 75 days.

Interpretive information
The genus Elaphe consists of a loosely-associated group of large, powerful constrictors known as "rat snakes". Rat snakes are found over much of North America, Europe and Asia. These colorful, normally large serpents are significant predators within their natural environments. Elaph taeniura, the well-known "beauty snake" is widely distributed throughout China, Burma, Laos, and Assam. These colourful snakes probably owe their wide distribution to the fact that they are often kept in houses as a means of rodent control. It is one of the most commonly bred snakes in Europe and U.S. breeders are rapidly raising more of this species, as the snake matures quickly, breeds readily, and is generally docile.

Special adaptations
Rat snakes defend themselves vigorously when threatened by drawing the forepart of the body into an impressive "S" loop and rapidly vibrating the tail. Rat snakes are good tree climbers; keels on their scutes aid in climbing. Source

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

marius-secan, corjan3, siggi, matatur, maaciejka, ana974, cloud, maurydv, tuslaw, Mamagolo2, cirano, Luis52, Alex99, Dis. Ac., CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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Hello Anna,
Nice portrait of a interesting snake. Wonderful natural colors and very good focus.
Splendid composition with fantastic details. Thanks for sharing such a impressive snake.
Interesting and useful photographers note!

Ciao Anna, fantastic portrait of beautiful snake, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hallo Anna,
Gelukkig het hierdie een nie groot tande nie want ek is allergies vir slangbytserum maar hy sal mos al daardie voëls van jou opvreet, so jy moet hom maar eenkant hou. Ek sien hulle kom ook in Sjina voor maar daar is dit hulle wat ge-eet sal word. Slangvleis is mos 'n gesogte lekkerny daar, asook slangwyn. Ek sal eendag 'n foto van "Drie-Slange Wyn" op TL plaas. Dit is in 'n groterige bottel met drie slange ingelê in "Badjiu", 'n baie sterk kleurlose drank met alkoholinhoud van 65%. Hulle dring sommer aan dat mens ten minste proe maar ek het weggekom omdat ek geen diereprodukte inneem nie behalwe kaas by uitsondering. Tog het ek by geleentheid haaipens en brulpadda ge-eet voordat ek gevra het wat dit was.

Ek kuier dan nou maar dis oor daai slang. Baie mooi kleure en patrone en definitief twee punte werd, ook omdat hy nie groot tande het nie. En 'n baie goeie nota vol interessante inligting.

Geniet die dag.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-20 1:41]

Hi Anna,what a beautiful portrait and what a impressive quality!You were brave to try it...ehehe...i like a lot the brilliant composition,and what a timing to take the snake whit the open mouth.My purple flowers are for you,don't worry..eheheh....Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-20 2:33]

Hello Anna.

Wow,great close up of this snake.Super detail,and you handled the lighting well.Excellent DOF with sharp details and focus.TFS.Best regards Siggi

A beautiful specimen indeed with saturated, lively colours Anna, your finely executed lateral close up demonstrates its salient characteristics rather nicely. Thanks for sharing this beautiful image my friend.
A point though; this happens to be a sub-species, not a species!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-20 3:28]

Hello Anna,
yes..it is very beautiful. The shiny and beautiful skin and scales are really fascinating. you have composed it well.
i like the way it opens its mouth.
Very dramatic shot


Ciao Anna. Impressive dephting and focused portrait! Wonderful colours.


Hi Anna,
perfect photo of this snake. I'm afraid of such an animals :)
Excellent point of view,
nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Dear Anna,
What a perfect picture of this "Beauty"! Amazing colors and details in a lovely composition.You really did a super job !Thanks for sharing and thanks for the interesting notes
Have a good sunday !
Greetings from Brazil,

Hi Anna - you have captured the snake beautifully. Splendid sharpness with absolutely fantastic lighting and colors are awesome. TFS

hello Anna
very nice picture with great sharpness and good details
the colours and light are super good
nice shot Anna
greeting lou

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-02-20 9:01]

Hello Anna,
It's very good shot of head this colourful snake in interesting pose.. There are perfectly sharp and exactly visible details.
Regards, Pawel

Hallo Anna,
what a fantastic portrait of the Taiwanese Beauty Snake, impressive details, marvellous colours, excellent POV, a superb visula impact with a great posture of this splendid snake.
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-02-20 18:45]

Hello Anna,
Super closeup image and shown in an attractive open mouth pose to boot!! Excellent detail and beautiful coloration. You even managed to capture some saliva along with it's withdrawn tongue. Very informative notes. Great work!!

Hello Anna,
Wat 'n pragtige slang. Jy is net soos ek want ek wil ook graag 'n slang af neem met sy bek oop. interesante notas oor die pragtige slang. Dankie dat jy dit met ons gedeel het.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-02-22 10:26]

Hello Anna,
An excellent portrait of this different snake with wonderful sharpness,colors and impressive details.Great composition from excellent point of view.TFS and regards,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-02-22 11:06]

Hi Anna,
clarity and detail, composition, colors are excellent.
Congratulations and best regards

Hello Anna
Impressive macro with very good composition, fantastic colours, and very good sharpness.

Fantastic "action" closeup of this snake, Anna. The detail and colors are outstanding even though it was taken through glass!
Well done!

impressive close up, I like you POV, very fine colors performance and details, it is a very good photo Anna!
TFS Nasos

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-02-24 11:04]

Hola Anna,
A pleasant surprise for me to find a snake in your gallery, which is achieved in a bright, colorful and high quality photography. great clarity and lighting. The written notice very informative.
Saludos Anna.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-25 5:26]

Hi Anna.
Exceptional work. Terrific reproduction of all details of the cute animal. Have you used microspore? Timing is also great, colours fantastic, sharpness of the snake over ultimate. Bravo. Well done.

hello Anna,

what an exellent sharpness image with great pov.
fine colors.


Hello Anna,

The split tongue comes out very well!
An amazing moment has been captured, and the sharpness of details is simply amazing, making the snake look very life-like...
A superb close-up with natural vivid colours, nothing for me though since snakes aren't among my favourites..!

Pablo -

this is a real wow, great closeup and sharpness, greetings Ori

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2011-03-18 16:31]

Truly stunning details and colours in this image -- fabulous capture!

Hello Anna

Great portrait photo of this snake, with fine low
POV at its level, fine DOF, beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-04-05 17:36]

Bela foto com nitidez exelente belo trabalho de macro parabéns.

Hallo Anna,
It has come out very well. The details are superb with candid display of mouth parts also. TFS
Regards Subhash

Buena nitidez y colores además de un gran realismo.
Un abrazo Anna: J. Ignasi.

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