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Diadem Snake

Diadem Snake
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-14
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-02 1:17
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Spalerosophis diadema (Diadem Snake) [in Turk. Diadem Yılanı]

Today a beautiful and well-camouflaged snake species from my photographic chest. I am pretty sure that I’ve uploaded its 1st post to TN during my initial membership to this site:) and once again this is 1st post of the species:) on TN .

TFL and have a nice day!


©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


Diadem snake is widely distributed throughout whole Saharan Africa, Arabia, across Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, S Turkey, and Iraq east to S Russia, Nepal, Pakistan and N India. It is a polytypic species with three presently recognized subspecies: the nominotypic, S. d. diadema from the SE part of the range, S. d. cliffordi from Africa and Arabia and S. d. schirazianus from the NE part of the range. Populations in Turkey are referred to S. d. cliffordi. It has been recorded from Kilis, Gaziantep and Şanliurfa provinces by us, at elevations 50-600 m. The formerly records of the species also includes the Adıyaman province.

Diadem snake inhabits a wide range of steppe, semi-desert to desert habitats (rocky wadis, flat lowlands, rocky slopes, margins of sandy dunes) and often found near human settlements, in cultivated fields and gardens. It can be reaching a maximum total length of over 130 cm. The head clearly distinct from the neck, and has moderately large eyes. Eyes have round pupils and golden irises. Some pholidotic characteristics are as follows: 10-13 upper labials, 3-4 loreals, 2-4 preoculars, 3-4 postoculars; a series of suboculars separate the labials from the eye; small numerous temporals. Three transverse series of plates are located between the rostral and the frontal. The maxillary teeth are of equal size without diasthemas (spaces). The body scales are obtusely keeled, ordered into 25-29 rows at midbody; 210-248 ventrals; anal scale entire; 64-81 paired subcaudals. The colour is variable: grayish, yellowish, light brown or reddish above, with a vertebral row of brown rhomboid or oval spots, with a white margin cranially and caudally. There is a row of smaller, alternating round spots on flanks. The head pattern is variable, consisting either of a symmetrical dark diadem marking resembling a butterfly or of several transverse dark bands across the snout and a distinct band between the eyes. The Venter is uniformly whitish or yellowish. A dark lateral strike extends also from the eyes to the mouth angle. Males have relatively longer tails and slightly higher number of subcaudals.

Diadem snake is a rapid, terrestrial species; diurnal in cold periods of the year, nocturnal in the hot ones. Its food consists predominantly of small mammals and birds, but small lizards are also consumed, mainly by juveniles. Its fangs are very small, indistinct and at back of upper jaw (Opistoglyphous)and the toxicity of its venom is low so not effective on humans and its preys. The prey is basically killed by strong body coils as seen in other Colubrid (-whip-) snakes. If cornered, it coils the body together with an "S"-curved neck, hisses and strikes readily.


1. Göçmen, B. (Unpub. results). The results of herpetological trips.
2. Göçmen, B., Franzen, M., Yildiz, M. Z., Akman, B. & Yalçinkaya, D. (2009). New locality records of eremial snake species in southeastern Turkey (Ophidia: Colubridae, Elapidae, Typhlopidae, Leptotyphlopidae). Salamandra, 45 (2): 110-114.
3. Budak, A. & Göçmen, B. (2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp. [2nd Edition, 2008].
4. Franzen, M. (1999). A record of Spalerosophis diadema (Reptilia: Colubridae) from Adıyaman province, Turkey. – Zoology in the Middle East, 9: 33-36.
5. Disi, A. M., Modry, D., Necas, P. & Rifai, L. (2001). Amphibians and Reptiles of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Edition Chimaira, 408 pp.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-02 1:21]

Hi Baratom Bayram,
Congratulations for this first photo on TN of this Spalerosophis diadema (Diadem Snake) [in Turk. Diadem Yılanı]! TFS, and have a nice day!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-02 1:35]

Hello MF Bayram,
What an impressive capture. Excellent composition, POV, DOF and sharpness. Light and colours are great too.
Best regards Siggi

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-06-02 1:43]
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Yılanlara meftun oldum sayende :) harika bir yaratık daha, emeğine ellerine sağlık dostum. Desenleri detayları nefismiş.
Sevgiler selamlar...

Nice one, seems like you are on good terms with snakes, interesting eye


Retrospektif çalışmanı TN'de bir kez daha görmek beni mutlu etti Bayram, sağolasın.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-02 2:12]

Hello Bayram
Another wonderful and interesting snake.
Thanks for sharing

Technically not the most thrilling execution friend Bayram, but very informative presentation and I must congratulate you for the 1st post of that species in TN! I hope that you will never delete your images from the site again! Enough drama I think!
George Veltchev

Bayram hocam, anlaşılan işin sadece görsel kısmıyla ilgilenenler yada gerçekten karenin içeriğinden çok başka hislerle yorum yazanlar, bu çekimlerin altındaki emeği, harcanan zamanı göremeyecek kadar da herşeyi basite indirgeyebiliyorlar. Dikkate almayarak bence en iyisini yapıyorsunuz. Oldukça bilimsel ve teknik açıdan da süper bir çekim olmuş hocam. Ellerinize ve emeğinize sağlık.


more than beautiful specimen... is nice to live in Turkey with such a rich and beautiful herpetofauna...

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-02 3:56]

Hy Bayram
Great congratulation for this firs post on TN.
Is a great colored snake!
Details are wonderful and the colors help him to camouflage in the desert!
Perfect shot!

Bayram hocam bu nasıl yılan böyle? Pörtlek gözlü:)
Göz yuvasından fırlayacaklarmış gibi. Doğal yapısımı bu yoksa birşey gördü de ondan mı öyle?
Merak ettim. Ellerinize ve emeğinize sağlık hocam. Saygılarımla.

amazing snake, greetings Ori

hello Bayram
super composition to let see the hole snake with great details
beautiful colours to
congrat with the first post of this snake on TN
greeting lou

Insan bunu dogada gezerken zor farkeder dayi. Gozleri de gercekten ilginc, hatta komik:)
Ellerine saglik. Selamlar.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-02 7:23]

Beautiful species coiled here showing its 's' curve effectively, well captured. tfs.

hello Bayram

great camouflaged snake, shot with fine POV to show
how beautiful is his camouflage with his environment,
great expression on his eye-contact, TFS


Hello Bayram,
this snake is so beautiful and I'm impressed to see these big eyes - they look unreal, like from another animal ;-)
I realy had to look for a few seconds to see, where's the beginning and the end of this beautiful snake ;-)
Excellent shot, wonderful moment, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-02 8:56]

Hello Bayram,
This is something fantastic. What a beauty! Congratulations with this novelty.
Great sharpness, camouflaged colours and composition. Impressive eyes.

Bilgiler ve fotoğraf harika
Eline sağlık Bayram .

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-06-02 10:07]

Hi Bayram
That is a beautiful closed up.Sharp image with good detail.I'm impress with the colors what a good camouflage.Outstanding and instructive text as usual.
TFS Michel

Ciao Bayram, an other first on Tn, congratulations my friend, your beautiful snake has the same colors of ground, great camouflage, fantastic capture, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bayram Hocam çok güzel olmuş. Ellerinize sağlık. Selamlar.

Merhaba Bayram arkadaşim,
What a beauty! I don't remember it from TN... Splendid colours and great sharpness. It has impressive big eyes and size. OK, if you said its venom is not (so?) effective on humans, I could try to take her/his in my hands... :)
Iyi geceler,

Bonsoir Bayram
C'est un spécimen très coloré, avec des dessins bien rendus.
Merci pour cette découverte

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-02 13:56]

Dostum senin sayende sitedeki bir çok kişi gibi benim de yılanlara bakışım köklü bir değişime uğradı.Özellikle bunun için teşekkür etmek istiyorum.
Renkleri ve desenleri ile çok güzel ve değişik bir yılan.
Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

Hello mon ami Bayram,

C'est impressionant!!! et quel beau graphisme sur la peau.
Grands détails, des yeux jusqu'au bout de la queue.
Ha!ha! même pas peur c'est trop beau.
Le fond d'image en terre est sympatique.
Mes compliments pour cette splendide capture.
Amitiés. Yolande

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-02 17:51]

Hello Bayram,
Quality image of this fine species of snake, I like it's markings very much. Great camera work and notes my friend, thank you.

Hocam özellikle gözlerini çok beğendim,
Harika bir çalışma,
En güzel dileklerimle,

Doğal ortamında kamuflaj özelliğini de yansıtan harika bir çekim olmuş Bayram hocam. Emeğinize sağlık.


Ciao BBB. Stunning details, perfect dof and best colours/light results. Exciting the expresive eye. Well done MF!


Gercekten deseni de cok farkli renkleri de. yerde bunu farketmek zor..
cok guzel olmus. emeklerine saglik.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-04 0:35]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
my salute again to you.
What more to say, even a caged snake give me scary feeling?
Though it cannot kill, (thanks to you notes) the view itself is making any amateur goes wobbly. While this one so near and so natural in its surroundings.
Excellent capture, no matter what!.
Such a special contribution.


Hi Bayram,
It sure is a well camaflauged species and you have captured it with pinsharpness and good exposure creating nice clarity on the snake.Nice choice of frame.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-08 0:37]

Merba Bayram dostum!
A fine portrait of the Diadem Snake, a species new to me. This portrait shows its features with excellent colours and sharpness in this image that show it in its entirity.
Fascinating eyes.
Thanks and have a good day MF,

Hello Bayram,
Good to see something unique like this specimen of Spalerosophis diadema (Diadem Snake). The details & sharpness are good.TFS

hehe:) gerçekten komik yüzlü bir tür Bayram hocam.
Elinize sağlık. Saygılar

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  • dilek Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 9] (82)
  • [2010-11-21 18:41]
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Merhaba bayram bey
Bir tane Sunset yükledim son Hep sildiler benim fotoları bende wild life fotoda yok yani ne yapacağımı sasırdım Sizin album Şahane
Ben Yılanları seviyorum Macro çiçek çekmeyi seviyorum Birde manzara sunset çok seviyorum
Burdaki yılanıda Çok güzel Yakalama var Çok beğendim Tebrikler

Hi Bayram,
Its a beautiful pattern on the snakes back. Also huge credit for your excellent research.
The colours of the snake make a fine match to the soil it lays upon!

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