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Loving Rattlesnakes

Loving Rattlesnakes
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-19
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-19 13:11
Viewed: 3000
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I always take my camera with me when I walk the dog but it's rare that I come upon something unusual and /or interesting. When I saw a group of people standing and watching in front of a yard I knew something was up. Not many people are outside in our 100+ heat and bright sunshine. There before us was a pair of rattlesnakes - someone said they were mating. They were pretty well camouflaged surrounded by the rocks but they put on quite a show until the fire department came and took them away.

Rattlesnake Facts:

Scientists have identified 36 rattlesnake species

Rattlesnakes live only in North and South America

13 species live in Arizona, more than any other state

Rattlesnakes use the "loreal pit," a heat-sensing organ between the nostril and eye to locate prey and potential predators

These snakes have glands that make venom, much like human saliva glands make saliva

The rattle is made of keratin, the same material found in human hair and fingernails

The age of a rattlesnake cannot be determined by counting the segments of its rattle

Rattlesnake prey may include small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and centipedes

According to Arizona Poison Centers, less than 1% of rattlesnake bites result in human deaths


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Jane, you have posted your picture after nearly one year on TN and I'm very happy to see you returning!
It is yet another confirmation of my conviction that nature photo artists who once made this site one of the best in the world will come back by and by. I said that to MMM (Michel) two days ago when he posted his picture here after a long break. I've missed you all in the period when TN shrunk to 15 postings a day and that too by mediocres like me.
Your picture of two Rattle Snakes on the gravel captures an interesting moment. The snakes are apparently agitated, perhaps by the presence of humans watching them. The picture shows them is sharp details and natural colors.
Don't go away again, please!
Warm regards.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-09-19 18:25]

Hello Jane Magen,
I'm so happy you have come to visit my dear friend. Yes these Snakes are doing a mating ritual that I have seen many times before, but never tire of it. Excellent capture my dear, thank you so much for returning.
Hugs Rick

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-09-19 18:42]

Hello Jane,
I am very excited to see one of your postings again. Love your snakes, and especially how well you can see all those rattles on the one. I'll bet you were thrilled to be able to capture this special moment, and then to share it with all of us.
This is the one critter I had always hoped to see the many times we traveled in Arizona. I guess Rosie and I should have stayed a little longer on our visit, and checked out your neighborhood:) Great work!!
PS. Rosie said to tell you Hi...we now have eight grandchildren.

Hi Jane,
brrr... what a view!! Is it safe? Be careful! Excellent point of view. Great pose of this snakes. Perfect presentation!
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Jane
Amazing scene and impressive photo with wonderful soft lighting and good sharpness.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-09-19 23:58]

a rare photograph of rattlesnake in action. good lighting, contrast and framing. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-09-20 1:47]

Hi Jane,
Is good for my see your photos again!
Superb work. Sharpness, colours and composition are fantastic.
Best wishes,

Hello Jane
Great moment with this two Rattlesnakes.Sharp and clear pic despite the difficult light.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

Superb moment!
Congratulations, TFS & best regards

Ciao Jane, nice see you again on TN, my old friend, great capture of fantastic couple, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

great love capture, TFS Ori

Hello Jane...Its so good to see you back on TN my friend! Its been a long time & I hope that all is well with you & the family.
An excellent capture with beautiful camouflage coloration, details & timing. Very nicely composed & presented with a great POV. Great work & TFS...Jane! Try to keep posting on TN when you can! Kind regards & best wishes!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-20 8:43]

Hi Jane,
What a surprise! Fantastic to see a new posting from you.
Great moment in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours.
Hope to see a lot more!

hallo Jane
Nice to see you back on TN
1 year ago the last picture from you
i hope to see more
you have here a very good picture with great details
nice shot
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-09-20 11:01]

Hello Jane.
Wonderful shot of this Snakes in love. Very neat and sharp image and I like the setting here. Excellent POV and very nicely composed.Best regards Siggi

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