Reptiles

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Hiding under a rock
by Julian
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We don't get many reptiles here in Sweden - this was one I took last weekend - I heard this one (a grass snake) slithering amongst the leaves before I saw him - by the time I caught up with him he was all curled up under a rock. Things I've recently learnt for id'ing these - are that the grass snake typically has a whiteish head and partial stripes - the other possibility for Sweden was an adder/viper - but these have a distinct diamond pattern on their backs - and on their heads.
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Submitted: Monday, 1st June, 2009 11:36 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 24th May, 2009
Focal length: 280 mm
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 800
Notes: Hand held - I didn't like to get too close to this chap - as at the time I wasn't sure if it was a viper - which are at their most poisonous right now - or a grass snake (non poisonous). I hadn't realised grass snakes can grow so long either. Hand held.
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