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Coronella austriaca #2

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 19 August 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Coronella austriaca (NL: Gladde slang / EN: Smooth snake / DE: Schlingnatter, Glattnatter / FR: Coronelle lisse) is a harmless colubrid species found in northern and central Europe, but also as far east as northern Iran. Both sexes grow to an average length of about 50 cm. The color pattern consists of a brown, gray of reddish ground color with two rows of small, rather indistinct dark spots running down the back towards the tail. In some cases, each pair of spots may be united towards the neck area, forming a series of cross-bars over the back. There is also a very indistinct series of dark spots running along each of the flanks. These four series of spots that run the length of the body overlay four parallel, rather shadowy stripes that also run down the back and flanks. Dorsally, the head has a somewhat heart-shaped marking that resembles an inverted V posteriorly. This shape is where the name Coronella comes from, which means coronet (a small crown). A relatively thick dark stripe extends from the nostril along the side of the head to a little beyond the neck, only being interrupted by the eye. The upper labials are whitish, grayish-white or light brown, sometimes with darker spots. The tongue is reddish brown or dark red.

Image: Kalmthout (BE) – 04/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Fabulous capture of it

19 Aug 2012 6:59am

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

Very interesting focus.

19 Aug 2012 8:05am

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful !!!

19 Aug 2012 2:49pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!

19 Aug 2012 2:53pm

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Nice capture!

19 Aug 2012 3:24pm

Gheorghe from Bucuresti, Romania

Wau ! Wonderful capture !

19 Aug 2012 7:15pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful and scarying, though harmless.

19 Aug 2012 9:52pm

Francisco from Miami, United States

Great shot!

20 Aug 2012 4:02am

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Wow! as usually, it's an amazing shot;)
Well done

21 Aug 2012 9:43pm

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

very nice, great shot johan

9 Sep 2012 5:50am

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm