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Boreal Adder

Boreal Adder
著作権: Alex Strugariu (Alex_Strugariu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 173] (649)
ジャンル: Animals
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2007-03-20
カテゴリー: Reptiles
カメラ: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2007-03-23 14:13
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Hi everyone,

I appolegies again for my long absence. I hope to be able to keep up with everything here from now on.

Anyway, I`m back with a new photo, taken a couple days ago, in the N-E Carpathians, near the town of Campulung Moldovenesc (Suceava County, Romania). This is my first snake in 2007. Here is a little something about this species:

Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Vipera
Species: Vipera berus

English common name: European adder, common adder, boreal adder, northern cross adder

Romanian common name: Vipera, Vipera neagra, Vipera comuna, Vipera cu cruce.

It is another very wide spread species of snake in Europe and even reaches the arctic circle, being the most northern species of snake in the world.

In Romania it can be found throughout the Carpathians and even in lower regions.

The medium lenght of these snakes is 50-60cm for an adult but I have read of records of over 100cm. The longest one I`ve ever seen was about 70cm.
Sexual dimorphism is present in most individuals (the most common exceptions are melanistic-completely black adders), the males being more light collored than the females.

The reproductive period is in march-may and in july-september the females give birth to 5-20 babies.

The babies feed mostly on small lizards (mostly Zootoca vivipara) while the adults feed on micromammals, lizards, frogs and even very small birds. These snakes are knowned for being scavangers.

Their venom is one of the most complex and active snake venoms. Fortunatly, being small snakes, they don`t have a lot of it so a bite from one of these guys would probably just make you sick for a couple of days. It`s worth knowing that these guys will only bite if threatened: stepped on, picked up.

Of course, like with any snake, people kill adders out of feer and ignorance...this species is losing ground as we speek and has become a threatened or endangered species in most places.

This particular individual is a melanistic (black) young adult male. It was also opaque when I caught it; this means that it was going to shed its skin soon.

I hope you enjoy this shot.

Best regards,

vizion, jhm, nglen, methos, MommaMiaX3, ljsugarnspice, horia, mikou, jmp, manyee, gurupawan, satish_h, cicindela, IulianGherghel has marked this note useful
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To gurupawan: HiAlex_Strugariu 1 03-25 13:17

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Hi Alex,

Very nice shot,

I like the contrast with the background. Good sharpness and details.

Thanks for the note.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-03-23 14:59]

Hello Alex,

The details on the sneak are very nice, the dark colour care for a lovely contrast, we see the eye this is very important. Very well done!

Have a nice weekend,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-23 15:03]

Hi Alex,

Again a wonderfull upload of a snake,well captured with good DOF and exposure,well done and TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-23 15:11]

Hi Alex, I must admit i don't like snakes very much. But this is a fantastic looking one.Great colour with so much detail.and very good notes. well done.

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-23 15:23]

Super tare poza.
Imi plac detaliile si culoare viperei.
N-am vazut niciodata. Super pozitia sarpelui si compozitie excelenta.

Hello Alex,
Great capture, wonderful sharpness on this fellow. Good POV and contrast. Snakes are so misunderstood, hope to see more of your work.


Wow! That's a great shot! So sharp and so well composed!! Thanks for all the info, too! Thanks!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-23 16:51]

Salut Alex si fain sa te vad revenind :)

Si ce revenire...in forta, nu gluma!
Superb exemplar si o excelenta ipostaza in care l-ai prins. Imi place de-asemenea foarte mult faptul ca e in mijlocul habitatului sau, care desi nu ti-l scoate in evidenta ca structura dar ii da pozei un aspect 100% narual.
Culorile si contrastul sunt excelente iar definitia detaliilor e superba.
Si nota a foarte misto :)

Bravo si TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-23 17:01]

Hi Alex.
Perfect sharpness and well composed capture of this snake.I like point of view and amazing sharp details on skin.Very nice pose too.Good informative note.Superb done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4419)
  • [2007-03-23 17:27]

Linda vibora de exelente nitidez e de qualidade muito boa preparada para dar um bote espetacular.

sal Alex
buna revenire cu acest exemplar superb de berus. Vad ca e de anul asta, gras si frumos, bine hibernat.


Salut Alex,
o imagine de nota 10,compozitie si culori excelente,
Felicitari pentru intreg portofoliul,ai imagini cu reptile excelente!


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-24 15:08]

Hi Alex,
What a impressive snake! Outstanding exposure, light, sharpness, pose and composition with the snake filling half frame and free space on the right. Excellent note too. Congratulation! You've come back full full of energy!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-24 23:33]

Hello Alex

A wonderful shot of this adder.The focus is spot on,the details and textures are excellent.Very good colour saturation.A very good composition.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-25 3:59]

Hello Alex,
I have greatly enjoyed your snake shots. This one is another fantastic one. The details are very sharp. The exposure is spot-on on this black viper. You captured him in a wonderful coiled pose.
Thank you for sharing your expertise as a herpetologist with us.

Hi alex,

So share the secret of tracking this snakes... A real good pic this is with good details and perfect striking pose captured. Very well done on this.



Hello Alex!
This is a really great photo! I have seen many vipers but usually it was in typical colours (greay with the black "zigzag"). The black form presented by you on the picture is rather rare in Poland so many thanks for showing such specimen :)
Anyway, this picture has really good details and DOF, I also like the "ready to attack" pose :)
Best greetings,

PS. If you like, please compare your specimen with the "brown form" of the some species :)

Hi Alex.
Wow. Looks scary so close up. I'm from Australia and we have some ferocious snakes but I didn't think that living here in Romania I would be confronted with snakes like this. Great close up and excelent sharpness. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-04-13 9:54]

Excelente captura Alex por el oportunismo del disparo retratando al ofidio en todo su esplendor, con muy buenas cualidades t馗nicas como el adecuado control lumnico, el enfoque y agudeza obtenidos y la agradable composicin a partir de la armona entre el encuadre elegido y el punto de vista captado.
Saludos desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Excellent capture Alex for the opportunism of the shot depicting to the ophidian in all his splendor, with very good technical qualities as the appropriate light control, the focus and sharpness obtained and the pleasant composition starting from the harmony between the elected framing and the captured point of view.
Greetings from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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