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Baby one with its nature friend:)

Baby one with its nature friend:)
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-29
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D-80, SIGMA 70-300MM F-4-5.6 APO DG MACRO AFM, @ ISO 400, BW 58 MM UV FILTER
Exposure: f/16, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-22 1:54
Viewed: 4417
Points: 64
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Montivipera xanthina (Ottoman Viper, Ottoman Mountain Viper) [in Turk. Osmanlı Engereği, Şeritli Engerek] (Juvenile)

After some shots of an adult Ottoman viper with approx. a meter long, today once more the same species but this time a “baby” while resting on a rock with its ladybug friend:). I think the ladybug size-as a scale- can give you an idea its real size:). Also may be you can notice that the baby Ottoman viper has a bright colouration than that of adults comparing with my previous postings. I also attached an additional and a bit more “artistic”:) shot –I think:>- as WS.

TFL & Happy Saturday!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


Some Tips on Vipers:

The defense behaviors of the vipers and pitvipers are perhaps their best-known feature. The snakes coil up into a flat spiral with the head curved up from the middle of the coil. Some also hiss, jerk forward with the head, rattle the tail, or blow up the body, which makes the snake look larger. Each of the behaviors may be enough to scare off a predator. Many of the warmer climate species remain active all year long, but the temperate species may hibernate for many weeks. Those living high up in the mountains and other places with especially cold winters typically hibernate for several, sometimes up to eight, months a year.

Males mate every year in the spring or fall, sometimes wrestling with other males over the chance to mate with a female. Females, especially those in colder climates, often skip a year or more between matings. The females of most species produce eggs, but these hatch inside her body so that she gives birth to baby snakes. This kind of reproduction is called as “Ovoviviparity”. The Ottoman viper being ovoviviparous one, the clutch size is, on average, 10 young, but it can vary between two and 15 young. A few species, such as the night adders, lay eggs instead (Oviparity, Oviparous). Recent research suggests that some mothers may linger around the young for a few days, possibly providing some protection against predators that may hunt them for food.

The most important distinguishing characteristic in all viperids is the venom apparatus. Their poison fangs have no sign of grooves; they actually have enclosed canals within the fangs that transmit venom out of the body, very much like a hypodermic needle. The two upper jawbones (maxillae), which bear the fangs, are very short. Each maxilla has a special joint that permits this bone, along with the fang anchored firmly within it, to rotate 90°. When the viper closes its mouth, the fangs lay back, tip inward, and are covered by a fold in the mucous membrane. When the mouth is opened, a lifting mechanism is activated, putting the fangs into a vertical position by means of the rod-shaped ectopterygoid bones and the pterygoid. The fangs are then in position to bite and inject venom. The fangs (or, more precisely, the maxillae) are laid back with the same action as when a pocketknife is snapped together. The adaptation of folding back the fangs (referred to as solenoglyphous dentition) permits them to be extremely long, far exceeding the length of those in such snakes as cobras, which bear fangs that are fixed in the down, or vertical, position. The fangs of the giant king cobra are not much longer than those of the rather small adder. The long fangs enable vipers to bite deeply into the tissues and cause the victim to suffer severe necrosis. The fangs fold back into the mouth after they are withdrawn from the victim. Viper venom contains primarily hematoxic material (i.e., substances injurious to the blood and the blood vessels). Thus, a viper bite typically has a very different effect from a cobra or mamba bite (their venom being primarily neurotoxic, that is, injurious to the nervous system). Viper bites are accompanied by prominent local irritation and symptoms of severe blood poisoning, with burning pain, inflamed swellings, pronounced discoloration, sudden drop in blood pressure, internal bleeding, degeneration of the tissues, and the formation of an abscess. Death ensues because the heart stops, not as the result of respiratory arrest, as in cobra bites. Some vipers, whose venom contains neurotoxic as well as hematoxic substances -such as Blunt-nosed viper, Macrovipera lebetina who is the most venomous species of the Turkey & Cyprus, that I am well experienced man with its venom:)- are especially dangerous. You can reach more info about on this experience and see the poison fangs from HERE:).


1. Göçmen, B., Arikan, H., Özbel, Y., Mermer, A. & Çiçek, K. (2006). Clinical, physiological and serological observations on human folowing Macrovipera lebetina lebetina envenomating. Türkiye Parazitoloji Dergisi (Acta Parasitologica Turcica), 30 (2): 158-162.
2. Budak, A. & Göçmen, B. (2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp. [2nd Edition, 2008].
3. Grzimek, B., (2003). Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, Second Edition Volume 7 Reptiles Schlager Group Inc. 571 pp.

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what a nice capture with an interesting species... tfs

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-22 2:08]

Merhaba Bayram dostum,
A fine capture of a young Ottoman's Viper. The accompanying Ladybird is a nice way to get some idea of its size!
Excellent technical quality, excellent note and I like the WS that shows the head in fine detail.
Thanks and all the best,

Hi Bayram,

Lovely image of this young snake.
The ladybird does give a good sense of scale and the detail is very good.
Good composition and a nice OOF background.
Great capture and TFS


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-05-22 3:06]

Hi Bayram

I love both this and the WS shot! They are both terrific and present this cute, little fellow so well.
The details you managed to get are impeccable and the two POVs presented here are excellent. The comparison to the ladybug's size is also a welcomed one and indeed offers a great sense of scale.
Excellent snake shots and presentation of this wonderful species...i hope to be able to take a few similar ones myself in my studies this year :)

Have a great weekend! Bravo and TFS

This shot is excellent to compare the size of the viper. Such an interesting moment, Bayram, very good sharpness and pretty colours.
I was waiting some minutes to see what will happen with the ladybug ;-) But nothing ... tell me, do vipers eat bugs - and did this one catch the poor ladybug?
But you told us - his ladybug-friend - so I think I know the result ;-)
I wish you a wonderful weekend - the have the first day with sunshine, yippy, I'm happy.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-22 3:49]

Hello Bayram,
Beautiful photo of this young snake. Great idea to see the comparing ladybug. Good sharpness, details, natural colours and composition.
Good weekend,

haha:) Bayram hocam, ne kadar da ürkütücü olsalar yine de çok güzel sunuyor ve sevdiriyorsunuz. Gerçekten uğur böcüğü ile pek yakışmışlar. Ayrı bir mana kazanmış. Hem de jüvenilin boyutunu anlamak açısından da eğitici bir kare. Ustaca planlanmış bir sunum. Bilgiler de harika. Isırıldığınızı duymuştum. Şerbetli lakabı bile duydum sizin için:) Ne risk altında çalıştığınızı ve tutkunuzu anlamak için muhteşem bir çalışma olmuş. Elinize sağlık hocam. Saygılarımla.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-22 4:02]

Hello Bayram,
The Viper and the Ladybird - this could make a nice fable! A very fine capture with good focus on both. Lovely light and colours too.
TFS and enjoy your weekend, Ulla

Hi Bayram

Fine shot of this baby viper, the ladybig is a great scale comparison. Good sharpness and composition.


awesome capture, nice detail

Merhaba sevgili arkadaşım,
Two very interesting captures of this baby Ottoman Viper, apparently quite, with a good camouflage for soil and rocks. The ladybug gives well the scale of this viper. I suggest to the viper to not eat the ladybug... From my accidental experience, it is the most disgusting thing I ever eat! Of course not dangerous as a viper kiss ;)
İyi akşamlar,

hello Bayram

all your photos of this series of the snakes are
National Geographic cover page quality photos
and this one with the addition of a bonus,
what a great and wonderful nature photo,
your are master nature photographer Bayram,



Laurel & Hardy gibi:) durnuslar dayi. Engeregi bile sevimli gosterin ya. Helal olsun sana:) notlar muhtesem olmus gene dayi sayende birseyler ogrendim. Eline saglik. Kib!

Hello MF Bayram
a very beautiful and interesting picture of this Ottoman Mountain Viper, good sharpness and splendid natural colours, i like the picture on WS too.
Best regards

hello bayram
super picture withgood details and beautiful colours
very nice composition with the other insect
greeting lou

Bayram hocam kaliteden ödün verdiğinizi görsem şaşardım:) Her iki karede super olmuş. İyi geceler hocam.

Cok ilginc bir goruntu yakaladin, tebrikler...Her acidan guzel bir kompozisyon. Bravo..Ellerine, yuregine ve beynine saglik canim kardesim...Sevgiler hepimizden..

Hello Bayram,
Excellent capture with natural colours and very interesting photographer's note.
Have a nice weekend!

Merhaba Bayram,
Fascinating capture here, Great post, as usual.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-22 18:03]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
lively capture...I wander in the difficulties in spotting this snake as it camouflaged is so well done, as a gift by nature.
Very hard to discern and differentiate with the pattwrned rock surface.
Nice capture in real life view.


Hi little bro Bayram,

another good picture from an snake i don't know.
Good pov, dof and fine natural colours.


Hello Ami Bayram,

Une estimable capture, avec beaucoup de sensibilité.
Beauté au naturel avec cette coccinelle reluisante et cette petite vipère qui abore
une superbe texture de peau couleur terre.
Grands détails heureux pour vous à nous offrir.
Beau support de pierres et BG extra.
Merci pour le partage.
Amitiés et agréable dimanche.

Hello Bayram,
Beautiful image of this snake taken with perfect details of the body, natural colors and good POV and sharpness. Well done!

Ciao Bayram, really a strange couple, excellent sharpness, lovely natural colors and fine details, great capture, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Merhaba Bayram
this is surely one of the best image of this serie, this baby Ottoman Viper is captured with great details and in a nice pose
superb lighting and natural colors
the red ladybug gives a nice touch of color in tis shot
Have a good night

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-23 17:40]
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Hi Bayram,
First I must ask if the researcher that was bitten was you. Great notes as always my friend and the image to go with it is excellent as always.

nice capture (as usual), greetings Ori

VEry lovely image, Bayram. I admire the focus here, and the depth of field that draws attention to the creature.

Ciao BBB. Another impressive one MF! Very good detaisl and DOF with the colours of little guest in BG to contrast with brown tones. Best compliments.


Ohh.. oh... bu ne güzellik Bayram hocam. uğur böceği ile çok güzel denk getirmişsiniz. Çok da eğitici. Her zamanki gibi.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Bien resuelto el tema de la profundidad. Interesante ( y curioso ) el detalle de la mariquita ( C. septempunctata ).

Güneşleniyor galiba,
elinize sağlık hocam.

Bebek mebek ama ısırdı mı götüren cinsten:) Sahne çok şirin olmuş ama hocam. Emeklerinize sağlık.

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