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Indian Cobra: Naja naja

Indian Cobra: Naja naja
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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: 2009-03-15
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-16 7:19
Viewed: 5683
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken by me yesterday at Panchgani Table (plateau); where I saw a desperate cobra trapped in a pond but gracefully swimming and was the centre of attraction for many. One of the spectators was very harsh with it. He was hitting it with a stick full of thorns whenever it approached the bank of shallow pond. Finally the stick with thorns got entangled into its body making it hard to swim. I had to literally fight with the guys to leave it in peace. I wish, I could help the reptile in removing the painful thorn from its body. Alas! I could not do anything beyond taking its photograph from close quarters for you………


The name is short for cobra de capello (or cobra di capello), which is Portuguese for "snake with hood," or "hood-snake." When disturbed, most of these snakes can rear up and spread their neck (or hood) in a characteristic threat display.

Naja naja is a species of venomous snake native to the Indian subcontinent which includes present day Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri lanka. It is the most famous of the Big Four, the four most venomous snakes of India for which a single polyvalent antivenin has been created. Like other cobras, N. naja is famous for its threat display involving raising the front part of its body and spreading its hood. This snake is revered in Indian mythology and culture and is often seen with snake charmers. It is now protected in India under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972).

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Hallo Subhash
I don't like snakes, and I even posted one myself. I think it has something to do with the fear of what it can do to you, rather than I don't like looking at it. I read your Naja naja is venomous and that is the part I fright most. You have captured this snake from very close, showing the scales with great clarity. It is very interesting to look at the variety of shapes and sizes of the scales, and the big black eye is also very eye-catching. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hello Subhash! Great work. Dangerous shot. Good capture. Well done!

Superb cath of this venomous snake, you are very brave i think:)
Thanks a lot for sharing this.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-16 10:35]

Hi Subhash,
Excellent capture.It's very close and well detailed.Sharpnes,framing and POV are wonderful.By the way,Happy Birthday:)
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting.

hello Subhash

i have a lready written to our friend Bayram,
it here is one creature that i don't love it is the sanke,
you did a beautiful photo with fine POV and DOF,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details,
and it is sad to read what happened to this snake,


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-03-16 23:02]

Well done, to save the great snake and capturing so close. tfs.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-17 4:58]

Hello Doctor, The shot is very nice with the focus on the body.The skin design and the layout can be seen clearly. Ganesh

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-18 3:41]

Hi Subhash,this is a dangerous scoop! But what a beautiful pic! No better point of view and beautiful details and sharpness,i hope to never have a meeting whit him..heheh...my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Ohhhh... what an impressive capture of thşis beauty MF. You captured it perrfectly. And your nots are great.
TFS and cheers,

Like Anna, I too am scared of the snakes, Subhash. In my school days when I had to walk 5 kilometres one way to the school, I used to encounter snakes frequently. Maybe that fear has never left me.
This is a daringly close shot of the Cobra's head and upper body. The focus is very sharp and the details are excellent.
I am angry with that man torturing the snake. Good that you pulled up the bu****.
TFS and regards.

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