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Peeping out


Peeping out
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Copyright: Arpita Dutta (arpitadutta) (52)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-15
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-01 1:59
Viewed: 1771
Points: 2
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Indian Rat Snake,Ptyas Mucosa. Rat snakes are non venomous. They are large, fast moving snakes which grow to a length of 2 meters or more. Color varies from pale yellow, olive, brown, gray or black. There body is lightly or strongly marked with black; Marking usually distinct on tail. Lip scales usually separated by vertical black lines. Underside often has prominent dark cross-bars. Scales smooth or keeled (upper rows). Head is broader then neck. Large eye has round pupil. Rat snakes are found wherever rats and frogs/toads are prevalent. So, of course, they are often found in rice fields and in human habitation. As hill forests are cleared and agriculture spreads to the slopes, rat snakes too are spreading "upwards". Recent records say that they are found 2,000 meters up in plains. Formerly they were rarely seen above 1,000 meters.The rat snake is active during the day, hunting for rodents, frogs, toads and birds along fields and in bushes. Large rat snakes can give a painful bite and are quick to defend themselves.


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good moment and great shot. Thanks for showing
Pierre

Belle capture et belle ambiance.
Best regards.
Danpi48.

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