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Snake Eyes
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Copyright: Salim Fikirkoca (sufi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 580 W: 7 N: 106] (1336)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Snakes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-04 6:39
Viewed: 1766
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photograph from Eymir Lake at Ankara... And this snake is Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)...

The Grass Snake, sometimes called the Ringed Snake or Water Snake (Natrix natrix) is a European non-venomous snake.

The Grass Snake is typically dark green or brown in colour with a characteristic yellow collar behind the head, which explains the alternative name ringed snake. The colour may also range from grey to black. The underside is lighter in colour. In Britain the Grass Snake is the largest reptile reaching up to 120cm total length.

They prey almost entirely on amphibians, especially the common frog, although they also occasionally eat mammals and fish. Grass Snakes are strong swimmers and are usually found close to fresh water.

Grass Snakes hibernate over the winter and mate soon after they emerge in the spring during April or May. The leathery skinned eggs are laid in batches of 8-40 in June to July and hatch after about 10 weeks. As eggs require a temperature of at least 21° C to hatch, rotting vegetation, including compost heaps are preferred locations. The young are around 18cm long when they hatch and are immediately independent.

Not being venomous, their only defenses are to produce a foul-smelling fluid from the anal glands and/or feigning death by becoming completely limp[1]. Sometimes, they will also perform fake attacks, striking without actually opening their mouths. They bite in defense rarely.

This snake is found in lowland areas of England and Wales but is almost absent from Scotland and not found in Ireland. It has a wide distribution in continental Europe, from southern Scandinavia to southern Italy and Turkey. It is also found in northwestern Africa. British Grass Snakes belong to the subspecies Natrix natrix helvetica, but experts differ on the number of subspecies.

Two of the subspecies are considered critically endangered: Natrix natrix cetti (Sardinian Grass Snake) and Natrix natrix schweizeri.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_snake)
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Bu fotografi Eymir Gölü'nde cekmistim.

Natrix natrix (Linnaeus, 1758)
Yarı Sucul Yılan, Küpeli Su Yılanı

Genel Özellikler: Sırt kısmının deseni oldukça farklılık gösterir. Genel olarak renk kahverengi, grimsi ve bu iki rengin tonlarında olur. Sırt kısmında iki tane boylamasına uzanan çizgi bulunur. Bu çizgilerin etrafında koyu renkli benekler bulunur. İnce kahverengi benekleri olan başın üst kısmının rengi, grimsi kahverengi. Ense kısmında belirgin bir biçimde bulunan yarım ay şeklinde olan sarı (bazen kırmızı) bir benek bulunur. Vücudun yan taraflarında küçük siyah benekler bulunur. Karın bölgesi genel olarak sarımsı beyaz.
Ender olarak siyah üzerine sarımsı beyaz benekli görülebilir. En bilinen özelliği yarı sucul olmaları. Gündüzleri aktiflik gösterirler. Yakalandıklarında ısırmazlar ancak kötü kokan bir gaz salgılarlar. Kendilerini savunma amaçlı olarak ölü taklidi yapabilirler. Genel olarak (yarı sucul olduğundan) küçük balıklar, kurbağalar, semenderler ve çeşitli kemiricilerle beslenirler. Kış uykusuna birçoğu bir araya gelerek yatar (nehir kenarlarında). Dişiler bir defada 6-13 kadar yumurta bırakabilirler. 4-8 haftalık kuluçka döneminden sonra yumurtadan çıkan yavrular, iklim şartlarına göre 1-3 yıl içinde erginleşirler. Ortalama boyları 100 cm (en fazla 150 cm) kadar olur.

Habitat: Genel olarak, nehir, akarsu, dere ve göl kenarlarında, bu yerlere yakın çayırlıklarda yaşarlar. Ayrıca suya da çok fazla girerler. Yüksekliği 2000 metreye kadar olan yerlerde bulunabilirler.

Türkiye'deki Dağılım: Tüm yurtta habitatın uygun olduğu yerlerde dağılım gösterirler.
(http://www.biltek.tubitak.gov.tr/bilgipaket/canlilar/TR_tur_listesi/natrix_natrix.htm)

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Merhaba Salim. If this is similar to our grass snake you did well with the focus...they are not all that big. Good colour and detail and well presented. TFS,
David

Hello Salim,
That's a well composed image with this sneaky fellow!
DOF spot on to keep head well in focus, as the snake winds throug his right element...
I'm happy to hear this specimen is non-venomous as I'm not that happy about snakes!
Greetings,
Pablo -

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-07-04 10:07]

merhaba Salim bey;
güzel bir kare...yakalamak kolay olmayan bir an..bravo..selamlar

Hello Salim,

This is nicely captured snake. Well composed, sharp. TFS

Vandana

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-07-05 12:09]

Hi Salim ,
OHH No.. I don't like snake. Wonderfully spotted. The composition is well balanced and the colours are so rich and vibrant.
TFS
Lopa

Hello Salim,
Awesome POV! Good colors and detail and is well exposed. Very well done!

-JD

Bu hızla hareket eden su yılanını son derece güzel yakalamışsın Salim.. teşekkürler

aK

Merhaba Salim,
You are very brave, this is much too close for my comfort! (^-^) Snakes are far from being a favorite of mine. This one really has its eye on you. Very colorful, great pov with wonderful details in the skin. Thanks for sharing,
Fran

Gercekten super yakalamissiniz. zamanlaniz harika, renkler ve netlik de oyle. isirmadiklarina cok sevindim gercekten. ellerinize saglik,

figen

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  • james Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 2 N: 91] (392)
  • [2007-07-23 11:25]
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excellent note and exceptional presentation.
well done my friend and your skills have grown by leaps and bounds over the last year.
keep sharing
james

BTW: please forgive my taking so long to reply to your comment. I work 2 jobs 10-12 a day 6-7 days a week.
No time for me and my photos, just for work and family.
But I am trying to alot me some time.
Thank you for understanding.

James

Pryvitanne Salim!
Very good macro photo!Beautiful eyes!Simpatyaga)but THIS IS SNAKE!!! You don't worry? It's danger!ALL made well)
ALiaksandr

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  • Rob Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 180 W: 5 N: 15] (1455)
  • [2007-08-28 9:18]

Hi Salim, lovely colours and good comp, well done. :)

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  • valari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 948 W: 102 N: 395] (4105)
  • [2008-01-07 13:09]

Hi,Salim,I lost for small you you post my portrait here:)
Nice presented!
regards,vsl

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