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Dolichophis caspius

Dolichophis caspius
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Copyright: Ilias Strachinis (strahos) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 12 N: 109] (807)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-08
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, B + W 58 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-14 4:03
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Points: 12
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Dolichophis caspius,(Gmelin, 1789)
Common name: Large Whip Snake
Synonyms: Coluber caspius , Hierophis caspius

Greece, FYROM, S.Slovakia, Hungary, S and E Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania, Montenegro

General Information:
Non-venomous. Total length rarely up to 200cm and in extreme cases 250cm. Diurnal snake that stays active even in high temperatures. It occurs at altitudes from the sea level up to 1600m. A common swift snake that hunts its prey, sometimes climbs high up on trees when hunting. It feeds on rodents and lizards, but also on other snakes and birds. It will defend strongly if threatened by raising its body, hissing loud and pretend attacking. It will bite if caught or stepped on. Young individuals may be confused with Balkan Whip Snake (Hierophis gemonensis). It is often killed by traffic on road. A harmless snake.

Protected by "Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992" and "Bern Convention"

Herpetofauna Of Greece

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Wonderful capture this snake!
Very sharp details and colors.

Hello Ilias, nice shot from frontal point of view.
TFS and greetings,

yaso Ilias
great timing and great capture. focus on head and POV great. composition and colors also very nice. efhkaristo, kalimera

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-01 10:54]

Hallo IliasΤι μακροοικονομική συναρπαστικό και επικίνδυνο! Άριστη χρώματα και λεπτομέρειες. Splendid BG.
Warm Regards,


Wow, I find this shot really cool and really well done.
So dynamic.
the specie is fantastic

Giasou file Ilias,

A great action caputure of this beauty! Congrats! However i have to add some distributional info here that the species is not only found in European Turkey, it is also found the Central and W Anatolian regions MF!
TFS and have a nice night! Hope you had a fine Valentine's day:)


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