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Dolichophis caspius :)

Dolichophis caspius :)
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Copyright: Iulian Gherghel (IulianGherghel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 2 N: 372] (1413)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-19
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Konica Minolta Dimage Z10, 2 GB, SD card
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-01 3:57
Viewed: 4371
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coluber (Dolichophis) caspius large whip snake

Size: adults often up to about 2 m, including tail.

Habitat: in Romania it lives only in the south, usually at forest margins, near bushes, on sandy slopes or ravines, or on rocks with arboreal vegetation. Recently Strugariu & Gherghel * has dicovered a population in Romanian Moldavia after 70 years from the last record of this species in that region.

Behavior: it is the most aggressive snake in Romania, sometimes strikes and bites humans who pass by the bushes where it basks. Runs away very quickly afterwards, being one of the fastest European snake species. IT IS NOT VENOMOUS AND THE BITE IS NOT DANGEROUS.

Food habits: eats lizards, rodents, sometimes even birds.

Reproduction: breeding takes place in May. The females lay a clutch of 5-12 eggs in late June and early July. Eggs hatch at the end of August.

Enemies: man - the natives presume it is poisonous and therefore they kill it on every encounter. Conservation: the species is declining, it NEEDS STRICT PROTECTION.

A., Strugariu & I., Gherghel, 2007: New record on the occurance Dolichophis caspius (Reptilia:Colubridae) in Romanian Moldavia, North-Western Journal of Zoology. no. 3 vol 1, pp. 57-61

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very very good focused
good job
nice light

well done

aleks ;)

a very neat, impressive photo. Beautiful!

Hi Iulian.
Excellent image, pin sharp, great light coming in on him which you have exposed for beautifully with excellent detail. The composition is awesome seeing him in his environment and curled around like this all in focus, just wonderful.
Superb image


Hi Iulian,
Very good snake image.
Excellent sharpness and colours. Well composed.
Very good 'warning' note.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-05 20:41]

Hello Iulian, very good image of this reptile. Well composed, sharp and a very good exposure. Well done ! Thanks,


One more excellent photo from you! Great position!

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