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Crotalus viridis

Crotalus viridis
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-18
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-16 17:15
Viewed: 1495
Points: 10
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Prairie Rattlesnake
Crotalus viridis

The prairie rattlesnake is the only venomous snake in the Canadian prairies.

It is best known for the unique rings on the end of its tail that knock together and make a rattling sound. The flat, triangular-shaped head hides a pair of the retractable fangs. The body ranges from greenish gray to greenish brown in colour, with dark blotches on the back and a cream-coloured underbelly.

A rattle is added to the string each time the rattlesnake sheds its skin, which happens up to five times in its first summer and around one to two times a year after that. Males tend to have more rings than females.

There are several different species of snakes found in Alberta
Plains garter snake
Prairie rattlesnake
Red-sided garter snake
Wandering garter snake
Western hog-nosed snake

Plus a new species that's has been recently spotted.
Yellow-bellied racer (colluder constrictor).

Copy and paste the link below for an interesting article on reptiles in Alberta.


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Hello Janice

Great shot of the prairie rattlesnake, fine POV obtaining its expressive
eye-contact, beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-17 4:19]

Hi Janice,an excellent pic despite the very difficult location and perspective,the best DOF on the face to see the best eye details,not easy,great timing,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-01-17 7:06]

Shalom Janice,

Excellent capture. Lovely composition, focusing on the snake's head.

Enjoy your Sunday,


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-17 11:42]

Hello Janice,
A wonderful shot of this fine looking Prairie Rattlesnake. The focus on it's face is tac sharp while colors are very beautiful and natural. I have spent many hours trying to find a rattlesnake in the wild without much luck. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Handsome displayed as long as it is in picture, no problem.
Tahnks for sharing Janice.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-01-19 7:29]

Hola Janice, hermosa foto de esta peligrosa serpiente, me gusta mucho la composición y las zonas de desenfoque, gracias por compartir...saludos.

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