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Copyright: Victor Mukherjee (vmukherjee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 0 N: 123] (1472)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-14
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-17 9:00
Viewed: 6397
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was attracted by the cries of a frog and found this keelback (exact name not known, I will be grateful if someone provides the id) swalowing the frog. Took this shot just after the snake had its meal.

Shot takne in Bandhavgar national forest.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-17 9:32]

Hi Victor.
Wonderful shot of a snake at fine natural surroundings. Composition of the picture is brilliant as well as the DOF, sharpness and details of all captured objects. Rich colours are nice and pleasant. My compliments. Excellent work.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-17 10:19]
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Hi Victor

A lovely catch of this snake in its natural habitat. One can actually see the "has been frog" causing a bulge in the snake's body.

The composition is fine and the only small nit (if you will pardon me for nit-picking) might be those couple of leaves in front of the snake, but I believe (especially since you do/did not know what snake it is and whether it might be poisonous or not) there was no way that you would have asked Mr. Snake to lie still so you can just quickly remove the leaves (chuckle). The colour saturation is very natural, the exposure was spot-on, and the DOF is sufficient to ensure the whole snake is within its range and therefore showing sharp details.

Very well seen and capture and TFS.

Hi Victor,

Splendid shot of this small but strong bodied semi-aquatic snake. It is Xenochrophis piscator (Chequered Keelback) which is distributed in India, Sri Lanka, Malasiya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Burma and Indonesia.
As its name suggests is piscivorous, consuming frogs and tadpoles as well. It is most common near paddy fields and cultivated areas with slow flowing water. A related genus, Natrix (Grass Snake) is present in Europe and Anatolia. You captured it in a good position with nice natural colurs. Many thanks for sharing this beauty my friend!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-18 2:07]
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Hello Victor,Superb shot and great information. Lovely focus. Were you not afraid. Ganesh

Hello Victor,
wonderful shot of keelback snake in natural surroundings,this is non poisonous snake and commonly found in our country and you have brilliantly capture with superb details,

Nice coiling snake with a real gulp. It's a pity that I missed the live action for taking shower in mean time.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-21 22:06]

Hi Victor,
Wonderful shot of this Keelback, nicely coiled up and very alert. Very neat and sharp image and I like the natural setting here. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Victor!
Reptines, next to insects and amphibians, are my favourite creatures and I always like to watch them :)
This is a species of snake not known for me, so first of all - thank you for showing something new and interesting.
Bravo for good detals and DOF too :)
Best regards,

PS. Many thanks for visit and comments to my pictures :)

Hi Victor

I really like snakes so I will critique this first among all your appealing pictures! Excellent POV and I really like the natural habitat that you have captured in the frame. The dried leaf not only adds context to the size of the snake, but also suggests the habitat in which it is found. If I may disagree with Bayram (he is the expert!), this looks more like a buff-striped keelback (Amphiesma stolatum), rather than a chequered keelback. I only say this because I recently found a buffy in my house and took some trouble to distinguish the 2 species.


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