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Sand Boa

Sand Boa
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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-18
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/30 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-18 23:03
Viewed: 3040
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Friends,
This is the 2nd picture of this snake i posted some time back. I hope you like the "question mark" pose.

The Erycinae are part of a family of non-venomous snakes called boas found in Europe, Asia Minor, Africa, Arabia, central and southwestern Asia, India, Sri Lanka, and western North America. Three genera comprising 15 species are currently recognized.

A group of stout-bodied snakes, all of which are competent burrowers. The largest, E. johnii rarely exceeds 120 cm. Most grow to around 60 cm in length. They have small eyes and hard, small scales to protect their skin from the grit of sand. There is a great deal of sexual dimorphism, females generally becoming much larger than males.

Behavior: The majority of these snakes spend much of their time basking below the surface of the sand, with only their eyes or head exposed on the surface. When a potential prey item approaches, they erupt out of the sand, bite and employ constriction to subdue it.

Feeding: Their primary diet consists of rodents, but they have also been known to prey on lizards and birds.

Reproduction: Otherwise far removed from their boine cousins, one thing they do have in common is that they are generally ovoviviparous, i.e., giving birth to live young. Still, at least three species lay eggs: the Calabar Python, Charina reinhardtii (once regarded as a python for this reason), the Arabian Sand Boa, Eryx jayakari, and the West African Sand Boa, E. muelleri.

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Impressive photo Kapil! Interesting composition, wonderful lighting and great sharpness.

Normally I'm scared of snakes and don't like looking at them, but this is an exception, Kapil. The colours and textures on the body of this Boa are beautiful. It is a remarkable shot from top perspective.
Well done and TFS!

Hello kapil,

Hope you are well. This is an amazing shot of this question mark sand boa. The colours are surely getting supplemented by the universal colour of the sand though it seems that as if it has drifted into the city somewhere. It markings are beautiful and are sharply focused enhancing its beauty.Thanks a lot for sharing an excellent photo....take care....warmest regards/Abid

Hi Kapil
simply a awesome picture. nice colour and great sharpness. yes the POV is also very good.
with best wishes.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-19 8:48]

One don't come across such posture of a snake, beautifully captured species. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-19 11:28]

Hello Kapil.
I like the pose of the snake and the quality of the shot is excellent!
Very clear and sharp, good contrsat and focus!Best regards Siggi

hello Kapil
A beauty of a snake with great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Kapil,
A very interesting capture of a very nice serpent. As I read this is a non venomous species and I think not dangerous for people because of his short length. Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-19 15:58]

Hi Kapil,a dangerous meeting as i can see,and a fantastic capture whit total sharpness and details everywhere and spectacular colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-22 5:21]

Hello Kapil,
this is a special shot of the boa. Exciting shape and excellent sharpness. The top view capture is so lively and its features are well shown. Congrats for this pretty snake.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-23 5:42]

Hello Kapil,
A very special point of view from above, which allowed you to show entirely the snake. It looks really like an interrogation mark! Well composed and simple presentation with beautiful natural colors.
Kind regards

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