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Common Garter Snake

Common Garter Snake
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-13
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-15 14:36
Viewed: 6099
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A little snake - for a change

Done in the forest at Royal Botanical Garden - Hamilton

The Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) is a snake indigenous to North America. Most garter snakes have a pattern of yellow stripes on a brown background and their average length is about 1 metre (3.3 ft) to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft).
The common garter snake is a diurnal snake. In summer, it is most active in the morning and late afternoon; in cooler seasons or climates, it restricts its activity to the warm afternoons.

In warmer southern areas, the snake is active year-round; otherwise, it hibernates in common dens, sometimes in great numbers. On warm winter afternoons, some snakes have been observed emerging from their hibernacula to bask in the sun.

Garter snakes generally mate in March or April, after hibernation. The species is oviparous; females give birth to a litter of 12-40 live young anytime from July through October.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Hi Mario,

Ok first up I really don't like snakes, believe me just opening up this image is a challenge.

Having said that this is an excellent shot, love the detail in the eye, I also really like the light just falling on the head, the colours are stunning, really well framed and composed, nice work mate,

Cheers Rick :)

They may be common but they are mighty attractive and your image is tack sharp and handsome. Only thing lacking is the tongue darting out....I onlysay that because I have tried to capture that and so far have failed.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-10-15 22:59]

Hello Mario, superb shot of beautiful snake with wonderful details and sharpness. Composition also nice.
TFS and regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-15 23:00]

Hi Mario,
It is a beautiful snake and you captured it very well 'cause your photo is very sharp, showing the structure very well...
Well composed too..

Hi Mario

Good capture of this tiny snake
Excellent sharpness and composition


Missed this beautiful snake head and the wonderful light involved...
Well done, Mario.

i like the light only on the head as its the most important think of the snake i think...

great shot of this beautiful snake! great dof and pov! focus and sharpness are very good! great natural colours too!

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