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Trinket snake

Trinket snake
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-07 18:29
Viewed: 3670
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The trinket snake (Coelognathus helena helena)is famous for its threat display that can make even an experienced snake-handler step back in admiration. The light brown body with regular black cross bars gets inflated and flattened to reveal bright white skin under the scales. This bright display increases the apparent size of this small snake and, coupled with spring-like attacking motions of the forebody, is likely to deter most of its common enemies.

Since this snake is NON-VENOMOUS and rarely grows longer than 4ft, it can be handled with care. It can be identified by the broad dark stripe running along each side of the hind body to the tail tip, two short and dark parallel stripes on the neck, and an oblique stripe running from each eye to the outer edge of the mouth. Sometimes there may be another vertical stripe below the eye. It can be seen in the evening or night when hunting down rats, lizards and small birds.

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excellent snake photography. good angle and presentation. tfs.

really nice capture, tfs

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