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Boomslang in the wild

Boomslang in the wild
Photo Information
Copyright: Neels Niesing (neelsn) (3)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-03
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-17 13:34
Viewed: 3670
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Following recent discussions about a snake being either Boomslang or Green Mamba, I felt that I also had to submit my photo.

I do not know to much about snakes, but I believe that this is a Boomslang, and it's not behind glass. We recently went camping in the vicinity of Bela-Bela which is about 100km north of Pretoria. Bela-Bela means boil-boil in the local African languages (Sepedi and Setswana), and refers to a hot spring.

The snake was in a tree about 5m from our camp site, between two other stands. It was about an hour before sunset, and I like the reflection of the sun in the snake's eye.

I'm not a photography expert, so all I can say is that I took the picture at maximum zoom (12X) through a 1,5X teleconverter, thus 18X zoom. I was standing about 3m from the snake, and cropped the excess 'tree' around it using the software that came with the Canon.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Hi Neels
Welcome to Trek Nature.
Wow this is an interesting capture. It's a nice surprise to open up your image to find this snake lurking in the tree. He blends so well in with the leaves and branches. Nicely done.
TFS Janice

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