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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-20
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-31 3:48
Viewed: 3441
Points: 4
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Driving on a backroad through the Everglades i almost
ran over this nice snake which i think could be a
Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus).

It looked like a branch, but i managed to get around it
in the last second. I of course stopped, got out
and took a few photos...from a safe distance.


Agkistrodon piscivorus is a venomous snake, a
species of pitviper, found in the eastern United
States. Adults are large and capable of delivering a
painful and potentially fatal bite, but their
reputation for aggression is largely undeserved. This
is the world's only semiaquatic viper, usually being
found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving
and shallow lakes and streams. The snake is a strong
swimmer and will even enter the sea, successfully
colonizing islands off both the Atlantic and Gulf
coasts. The common names for the species include
variants on water, swamp or black 'moccasin','viper',
'cottonmouth' and 'rattler'. Many of the common names
refer to the fact that, when threatened, this species
will often stand its ground and gape at an intruder,
exposing the white lining of its mouth.

The diet consists mainly of fish and frogs, but is
otherwise highly varied and, uniquely, has even been
reported to include carrion.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agkistrodon_piscivorus]

Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.1
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 20.04.2009 23:07:46
Aufnahmemodus P (Programmautomatik)
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/800
Av (Blendenzahl) 11.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur 0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 320
Objektiv EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Brennweite 154.0 mm
Bildgröße 3888x2592
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
Bildstil Landschaft
Schärfe 4
Kontrast 0
Farbsättigung 0
Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschreduzierung bei Langzeitbelichtung 2:Ein
High ISO Rauschreduzierung 1:Ein
Tonwert Priorität 1:Möglich
Dateigröße 4267 KB
Staublöschungsdaten Nein
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-31 3:57]

Wow Thor...this is one amazing find!
You should really be careful around these snakes...they can posses some tough venom, but if you keep a certain distance - like you did here - one can really explore their beauty.
Excellent sharp shot here, allowing us to view it's wonderful colors and pattern - especially on its underside.
Great post, my friend.

Bravo and TFS

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-05-31 20:02]

Great capture Thorsten,
Good DOF and very natural coloration in this finely detailed image. Looks like it was a sunny day, but you still managed to get just the right amount of exposure. Well done!!
I'm not familiar with the cottonmouth, so I can't be sure of it's identity. TFS.

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