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Who has hold of who?
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Copyright: Chris Harrison (chrish) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 9 N: 95] (372)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-08
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Snakes - Serpientes - Serpents [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-11 14:49
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum). This animal was found under a rock and we were preparing to pose it for photos and it decided to display its displeasure with the idea of being photographed. It is totally harmless.

Milksnakes are a kind of kingsnake (in the genus Lampropeltis). They have one of the largest ranges of any species of snake, from the Northeastern US down to the nation of Ecuador in South America.

They come in a variety of color patterns, but many show this tricolor pattern (red, yellow, black). Unfortuntely many people believe the old boy scout rhyme that implies that snakes with certain color orders are venomous and other color orders are not. This isn't true.
I heard a world famous herpetologist sum it up like this - "If you have to use the red against yellow poem to try to tell them apart, then you have no business messing with them at all!"

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YIKES!! Ouch!!..... Great catch, sorry for you though!! Nice colors!

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-04-11 15:45]


I love snakes and this is a fantastic picture of one, even if it is stuck to your finger.

The detail and colour in it is splendid, but I'm glad it is harmless - I spent 3 days in hospital after being bitten by the UK's only poisonous snake and it was not much fun at all.... seems I'm sensitive to snake posion...

In someways the finger really helps to add some scale...


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-11 17:20]

Funny picture, this snake really has a big mouth ! Colors and details are great, you've done good job !

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 5 N: 7] (8)
  • [2006-04-11 19:19]

Hi Chris ..Interesting idea :). Very nice POV , details, colours. Regards , Crina

Nice idea for a photo Chris. I don't think many would contemplate being a prop in such away. Very clear photo, it displays the bite well and the snake.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-04-12 3:30]
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Hi Chris,

Good thing it is "red and black ~ friend of Jack!"
Looks like this little scarlet has you...:-) and it looks like you don't mind a bit...:-)
Very nice mf!
Your note is interesting. I read it after I wrote my comment...:-(
Most of us probably have no business messing with them, but really, what is wrong with "Red and black friend of Jack, Red and yellow kill a fellow"? I know in a foreign land you can't count on this, but in north america, I thought it was a pretty solid rhyme.

Any way it is,

Warm Regards,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-10 23:16]

We don't have snakes in NZ so my first question is always: "Are they poisonous?"
I am so pleased to hear that it is harmless! Good shot showing us how small he is. The snake is nice and sharp too. Well done,

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