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Rowley's Palmviper

Rowley's Palmviper
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Harrison (chrish) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 9 N: 95] (372)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-21
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Snakes - Serpientes - Serpents [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-28 16:49
Viewed: 4928
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Rowley's Palmviper (Bothriechis rowleyi) was photographed at the San Antonio Zoo.

This species of Palm Viper is restricted to a moist forests of the mountains of the just east of Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico. They have a very small range in the wild and the rate of deforestation of their cloud forest and moist pine-oak forest habitats means this species is in danger of being lost.

Like the other Palmvipers, they are often seen coiled up in thickets of palm within the forests they call home. They eat any small amphibian, bird or lizard that strays too close to them. They are venomous.


Taken at the San Antonio Zoo.
Konica Minolta 7D
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di lens
KM 3600 HS-D flash (wireless) with Stofen Omni Bounce diffuser
Bogen 3211 tripod

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To Dave: eliptical pupils....chrish 1 10-29 12:24
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Hi Chris,
this is so wonderful, I love this green colour and the excellent sharpness. Very good job, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Quelle couleur!!! Beau cliché. Merci.

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-10-28 20:33]

Imagem perfeita!
Impressionante a nididez obtida!

Very well done Chris. Excellent POV and DOF. Great sharpness & detail. I like this. Thank You & have a Great weekend.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-10-29 10:59]
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Good clear shot.

Question: Are there any snake species with an elliptical pupil that are not venomous?

I know there are some with round pupils that are venomous such as the American Coral Snake.

Thanks for sharing.



Chris, of all of your critters, I think I like this one the best. The DOF, coloring and your bringing the eye into the photo as you did gives him character. Good capture

I noticed you use your 90mm lense for this shot. I just got my Nikon Macro 105mm lense recently and love it. On my snake pictures I did not have that lense yet but used my 28-70mm with close up filters as my macro 60mm could not reach into the habitat boxes for good DOF.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-04-30 14:30]

Extraordinary sharp and vivid photo. Reading your explanation is like receiving a free lesson in close up photography.
TFS, Chris!

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