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Common Cat Snake

Common Cat Snake
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-08
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Snakes (Reptilia) of the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-13 1:13
Viewed: 2409
Points: 24
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Telescopus fallax (Common Cat Snake) [in Turk. Kedi Gözlü Yılan]

Common Cat Snake is one of the member of the family Colubridae (Whip snakes) and a middle sized slender snake, reaching maximum total length of nearly 1 m. The head is flattened, clearly distinct from neck; the eyes are relatively large, with a vertical pupil and yellow iris. The ground colour is creme brown to grey, with a mid-dorsal series of oval brown spots (beginning with an irregular, sometimes triangular spot on the neck) of about the same size of the interspaces and alternating, somewhat paler blotches or transversal to oblique streaks on the flanks. The head is of a distinct colour than the body, mostly greyish with fine black spotting or vermiculation. The belly is creme with irregular black spotting.

Common Cat Snake is distributed in Coastal Balkan, Mediterranean islands, east to Caucasus and Iran, south to Israel. It prefers dry stony habitats, xeric woodland, stony walls, ruins. It is nocturnal, predominantly terrestrial but climbs well. A relatively quiet snake, but under stress ready to bite. The toxin is harmless for humans. The food consists mainly of lizards; occasionally snakes and small rodents are eaten as well.

The taxonomy of this extremely polytypic species with many described forms of uncertain status requires major revision. At present, following subspecies are listed: T. f. fallax (NE Italy, Malta, Balkan Peninsula, W & S Turkey to Amanos Mts ); T. f. iberus (E Europe of the Black Sea, N Anatolia, Caucasus and Iran); T f multisquamatus; T f pallidus; T. f. rhodicus (all from Greek islands); T. f. cyprianus (endemic to Cyprus island) and T. f. syriacus (from the Levant: SE Anatolia, Syria, N Iraq and Israel).


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Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Harika bir zamanlama ve harika bir çekim.Biraz ürkütücü ama sizin böyle şeyleri sevdiğinizi biliyorum.Elinize sağlık.


Merhabalar Bayram bey,
Yine muhteşem bir canlının çarpıcı bir çekimi...
Odaklama ve o anın çekimi harika. Eline sağlık.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Bayram,
The snake's sticking tongue gives me the creeps. And therefore, your photo is effective in soliciting emotion. Well framed. The sharp focus on the head and the diminishing focus on the b/g are most striking. My compliments...Danilo

Hi Bayram,
This is a fabulous image of this snake. The quality of the image is superb and it is cropped just right. Lovely.
Best regards Siegfried

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-10-13 23:48]

Renkli versiyon hakkaten daha etkili olmuş bayram hocam. SB den sonra bu daha güzel görüntü. Anlaşılan TL üyeleri yilanlardan korkuyor:)
Elinize sağlık.

Tekrar merhaba Bayram Bey,
nasıl olmuş bilmiyorum ama bu kareniz kesinlikle gözümden kaçmış, yoksa korktuğumdan falan değil;) am şu da bir gerçek ki pu pozu yakalamak için gerçekten cesur olmak lazım,
müthiş bir zamanlama, muhteşem detaylar....
ellerinize ve yüreğinize sağlık,

Hi Bayram, wonderful snake with fine details and excellent sharpness, great capture, very well done, ciao Silvio

Merhaba Bayram,

Excellent shot and timing!
Different and beautiful photograph of this snake!
Congratulations and TFS

I like the DOF you've got here - makes it feel like the snake is moving out of the frame, at the viewer. Colours are good and details in the head are sharp.
Thanks for sharing

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-01-28 4:08]

Merhaba Bayram,
look very fierce and the tongue comes so near to the lens. Well depicted in a ramatic approach.
Well compose in clarity.


Hi Bayram,

I have fear for snakes and don't have many pictures of them taken. This is really close with fine focus on the head.

Well done,

Hola Bayram
Impresionante momento con este retrato de la serpiente mostrando la lengua bifida y con una mirada profunda , gran nitidea y color , un momento irrepetible , gracias por compartir

Buen dia
un saludo

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