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Painted Bronzeback

Painted Bronzeback
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-30
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma APO DG 70 - 300mm 1: 4 -5.6
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-06 2:09
Viewed: 3513
Points: 56
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Painted Bronzeback or Dendrelaphis pictus

This guy really give me a scare, not because of its ferocious look. But because I did not notice him among the leaves. I was spying on the brown skipper then right in front of my nose , he blinked.
I gave myself a short break and then he willingly waited for me to shoot a few clicks.
Though not poisonous or aggressive, it still make my heart beat faster than before.

Then he went away, maybe smiling for the fright he gave.
Here is the point to take note when walking in the rain forests or equatorial bushes, snakes are almost unnoticed.
There were instances where King Cobra, vipers took to strike on thinking that human approaches too near.
Maybe that is the reason why local villagers, wrapped their heads in heavy rounds of turban. So when a snake strike it wont touch the skin or parts of the head.

Painted Bronzeback or Dendrelaphis pictus is a species of snake found in Southeast Asia and India.
A widespread and common species, the Painted Bronzeback can be found in a variety of habitats including scrub, secondary forest, back-beach habitats as well as parks and gardens. It is active by day, searching for its food prey - mainly lizards and frogs. Nervous in disposition, it will flee swiftly when threatened or disturbed.

In the Painted Bronzeback the maxillary teeth number from 23 to 26, the eye is as long as the distance between the nostril and eye. The rostral scale is more broad than deep, and is visible from above. Internasal scales are as long as, or slightly shorter than, the praefrontal scales. The frontal scale is as long as its distance from the rostral or the tip of the snout, but shorter than the parietal scales. The loreal is long and there is one preocular and two postoculars. The temporal scales are 2+2, 1+1, or 1+2. There are nine (seven or eight) upper labials, with the fifth and sixth (or fourth to sixth) entering the eye. This snake has five (four) lower labials in contact with the anterior chin shields the latter shorter than the posterior, which are separated by one anterior and two posterior scales. Scales are in 15 rows, vertebrals about as large as the outer; Ventrals number 151–204, the anal scale is divided, and subcaudals number 103–174.

The species is identified by its bronze head, black eye-stripe and mask, and black and cream lateral stripes along the length of the body. When threatened it will inflate its body slightly to reveal bluish or turquoise skin underlying the body scales.
The species ranges from southern China, through Indochina and Thailand, to Peninsular Malaysia, the larger islands of Indonesia and the Philippines.
The snake's colouration is olive or brown above with a yellow lateral stripe, bordered below by a dark line between the outer scales and the ventrals. A black stripe on each side of the head passes through the eye, widens or breaks up into spots, separated by bluish-green bands on the nape. The upper lip is yellow, and the lower surface yellowish or greenish. Length of head and body approximately 740 mm and the tail 440 mm

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-06 2:28]

Hello Foozi,
A great capture of the head and upper part of the Painted Bronze-back. This beautiful snake was taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and lighting, the DOF being perfect to provide and ideal BG. I think this species is new on TN: if so, congratulations!
Thanks ans have a great week,

Hi Foozi,
Congratulations for capturing a beautiful snake, maybe it was not a problem for you to caught a one but i never had the chance to get one of em. i like that bronzeback and the meek eyes and posture.
Thank you and have a nice day.

Salam Foozi.
I really couldn't want to be near this snake and you are brave enough to get close with the framing. The details are amazing with scales so vivid with the colors.
Nicely rested head on the leaf and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards - Jusni
p/s: Love the colors and sharpness from this new glass.

An exceptional image of this fantastic Painted Bronzeback Foozi! Brilliant level of enhanced contrast, powerful colors and deadly sharp detail! I love reading your personal stories my friend! You are simply good with that! Very Good indeed!
George Veltchev

Ciao Foozi. Best complimente for excellent details and sharp. Great DOF and brigh colours.


Ciao Foozi, wonderful portrait of a beautiful snake, splendid sharpness, fine details and great colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi, great close up of this pretty snake. i can kiss him:)
TFS and regards,

Hi Foozi,
Excellent photo, very sharp, good light conditions and ample DOF.
Well done!

Funny how snakes will scare even the strongest among us. Nice that you were able to get a few shots off and be successful at that. I imagine you have your share of snakes yes?

hello Foozi
great shot with super good details and great sharpness
the colours are beautiful
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-06 8:34]

Hello Foozi,
Very beautiful close photo of this snake. Excellent saturated colours with a very good DOF. Great sharpness and details. Good choice of composition.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-12-06 9:20]

Hello Foozi, impressive shot of this lovely colubrid snake with excellent details.
TFS and R's,

Hello Foozi,
Wonderful brown colours and great details. A splendid capture with fantastic clarity
and perfect exposure. Thanks for sharing this lovely picture.

Hi Foozi
Beautiful photo with nice colours, good composition and very good sharpness.
Regards Christodoulos.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-06 11:33]

Hello Foozi.
Fantastic shot of this snake. Wonderful colors and the details of his skin and face are amazing . Beautiful against the lovely bg.Best regards Siggi

woowww.. what an impressive capture of this really beauty MF Foozi!
Everything from colour to composition looks excellent, such a high quality and striking looking image.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-06 15:47]

Hi Foozi,what a impressive pic! Fantastic portrait,i like a lot the brilliant light,the excellent sharpness and the very interesting specie too.Very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

hello Foozi

WOW ! a very beautiful portrait photo of this snake,
shot with fine POV and very beautiful light,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-06 18:28]

Hello Foozi,
Isn't the patterns and colours of the snake wonderful and you have captured them perfectly, thank you Foozi.

hello Foozi, perfect compo in its natural environment, colors and clarity on top!
TFS Nasos

Merhaba Sevgili Foozi,
An excellent tricolor snake species.
Health for your hands,
Best regards,

Wow, nice shot. Crystal clear and sharp, excellent detail.

Hi Foozi,
Very beautiful snake captured a nice pose. Lovely colours and great details.TFS(My biggest fear)

Hi Foozi,
Crystal clear and sharp, excellent detail.
It is really a good capture. Congratulation. TFS
Samiran Nandy

Hello Foozi
great portrait of a snake, the beautiful light makes it's skin shiny,
excellent sharpness and color saturation
Have a good night

salam akhi Foozi
sorry for my silence. I was away from TN and your friendship recently, since my various facilities.
several minutes ago, I saw two snake shots from our friend Jusni. nice to see another beautiful snake from your camera too. great macro shot and great capture. scale details visible greatly. coloration and POV/DOF superb. light using also very nice. green BG of leaves nicely contrasted its blackish and brownish striped. nicely composed and presented. thanks for sharing. best regards

Selamlar Foozi,
Perfec detalis,
Nice color.

Hi Foozi,

The leaves are framing well the reptile. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Painted Bronzeback serpent. It is clear and sharp. The morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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