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MikeBinOKlahoma



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:32 pm    Post subject: Face to face with an alien Reply with quote



Reticulated python, up close and personal as he decides whether or not to invite you to dinner!

Reticulated python
Python reticulatus
controlled situation
90mm lens with closeup diopter
1/250th second @ f/16
ISO 100
flash as main light
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful shot, wouldn't want to be to close to it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This image frightens me.

It is an interesting reaction. The rest of your pictures, I find attractive or thought-provoking or amusing or quixotic or...

But this one is different. It scares the beejesus out of me and I don't know why. I'm not going to spend a lot of time studying the issue either, because I'm going to bed soon and I really don't want nightmares!

You done good, Mike.

--Rik
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It makes you want to reach out and pet his little head Laughing . Beautifully done Mike.
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Ken Ramos
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya all pet the snake all you want, I will just watch. From a distance of course. Did ya all see the movie Anaconda? Laughing Great head-on image there Mike, good work! Very Happy
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MikeBinOKlahoma



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken Ramos wrote:
Did ya all see the movie Anaconda? Laughing


From what people tell me, Reticulated Pythons are a lot meaner than the anacondas. I've heard a number of stories from past and present staff at zoos (not just my zoo) telling about how aggressive they are. We have a large anaconda in our zoo, and I don't photograph him often, he is pretty passive. Our Retic moves around more, and doesn't like me getting close. He's struck at me several times (with glass in between, so no danger). I'll take an anaconda over this for a roommate anyday!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know when I was stationed in the Philippines, pythons were a common sight in the jungle areas where I worked. Some were well over 18 feet and some odd inches in length. Shocked Stories have it that in base housing, a python had got into a residence yard and had swallowed a young child. Sad Quite a grousome story this is but it relates the dangers of these snakes that people often times want to have or do have as pets. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's always good to see a nice photo of the colourful Sulawesi retic, Mike.
BTW this is probably the type of retic that holds the Guinness world record for the longest snake. I think the record was for a 32' 9.5" retic from Gorontalo, Sulawesi (Celebes) island
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=51013

Ken, I've also seen photos of retics that killed adult humans (one even swallowed a person). There is a dwarf subspecies that would be better as pets....
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