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#892505 - 21/10/2010 14:11 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Wild Stormy Weather]
EddyG Offline
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Awesome photo's in this thread.
Here's a photo of a Diamond Python also known as a Carpet Snake, climbing a tree in search of a feed.

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#989334 - 13/05/2011 16:37 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: EddyG]
ol mate Offline
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Opinions needed here. Do you think that this photo of a huuuuuuge King Brown is photo shopped? I found it on Facebook.

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#989342 - 13/05/2011 17:06 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: ol mate]
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It is definately NOT a king brown

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#989343 - 13/05/2011 17:14 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Firepac]
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looks like that snake is from the black headed python family....
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#989348 - 13/05/2011 17:35 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: !SCHUMMY!]
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I'll go as far to say it is a fake. I think it is a high gloss painted piece of timber carving or somthing like that. Could be wrong, just what i think.
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#989357 - 13/05/2011 18:16 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Rainrunner]
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Yeah not sure myself. They have been known to grow that big. King browns do flatten their heads out when they raise it like this one, no where near to the extent a cobra does tho. However they are in then same family as the cobra, and more aggressive. My grandfather told me back in the 40's he kill a 4m brown snake while mustering cattle. He has the head at his house in a glass jar filled with some liquid preserving it. The head is bigger than my fist, and the jat has rusted shut. I didn't believe him it was a brown, until some quick research on the head shape, as well as showing a snail catcher friend of mine, confirmed it. I break into a cold sweat every tome I see it...
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#989361 - 13/05/2011 18:28 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: ol mate]
ol mate Offline
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Make that snake catcher, not snail catcher.....
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#989366 - 13/05/2011 19:09 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: ol mate]
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A Cobra is in the genus Naja, a group of elapids from africa and asia. The King Brown is actually a member of the Black Snake family, genus Pseudechis. TOTALLY unrelated to cobras and also unrelated to Brown Snakes.

As for size King Browns grow to a maximum of around 3M, looking at that photo and using the concrete fence posts as a rough guide, assuming they are around 1.2M high and allowing for camera angle then the "snake" is clearly larger than 3 M.

Also, though its hard to tell for sure, in my opinion the head shape is unlike any australian elapid and I also believe that any snake that size whilst moving would have greater curves in its body.


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#989442 - 14/05/2011 08:57 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Firepac]
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i found this on a website about that huge snake i will copy and paste..
Dan on May 13th, 2011 2:46 pm
IT IS NOT REAL!!
This is out the front of my old house in Uralba.. It is where Duck Creek Mountain Road meets Uralba Road. It is a really bad corner and notorious for accidents. The guy who owns the place now has put it there to slow people down whilst approaching the bend. IT IS NOT REAL!!

http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/04/12/giant-snake-spotted-in-the-hunter-valley/
it was an interesting photo smile
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#989517 - 14/05/2011 20:25 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: smiley. c]
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Check out this photo, taken a couple of years ago, on our pool fence. Pity we didn't take a photo of a bull frog eating a baby snake on our deck a year or so earlier, but we were all caught up in the moment, the camera wasn't even thought of.

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#989715 - 15/05/2011 22:40 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: ol mate]
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Gee , Snail catcher would be a High adrenaline job !!!! lol
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#989716 - 15/05/2011 22:49 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: S .O.]
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I reckon I've seen a black snake approaching that type of measurements in Central Vic , bit still not that big . Couldn't see its head or tail as it crossed the road ahead of me on a relatively narrow (1.5 cars wide bitumen rd ) [ 4m's ? ] . And it definitely wasn't a python , not as thick .
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#990024 - 17/05/2011 20:30 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: S .O.]
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Saw this whopper snake this arvo near Ayr...I think it is a python!

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#990089 - 18/05/2011 10:46 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Rainrunner]
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Very good RR. Hope you didn't want those kids any more! They look like they'd be a good snack for a python that big !laugh
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#1098064 - 06/04/2012 14:21 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Moonstruck]
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Not a particularly good photo, but at least this Taipan is real!!


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#1098212 - 07/04/2012 16:09 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Firepac]
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A fine fellow is Dacelo. The Snowy Mountains, NSW.




Young Man Emu, Brindabella Ranges, ACT.




Red Shouldered Wallaby, Southern Blue Mountains, NSW.




Raptor above Kanangra Deep. Southern Blue Mountains.




Warren.
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#1098314 - 08/04/2012 15:45 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Yeah, that huge snake pic looked fake to me, not that I am a snake expert. I saw a huge black snake last year and rang Meredith at our local NPWS. I estimated it was about 7 to 8ft long and Meredith said she had seen them 8ft plus in this area. It wasn't the length alone that was impressive but the thickness of the snake - thicker than my arm. I actually trod on the back of it whilst walking my dog but the snake was more scared than me, it jumped nearly a foot in the air. The dog didn't even respond to it, just looked the other way...
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#1098328 - 08/04/2012 17:49 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Blizzard]
MC Thomas Offline
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Some really interesting photos in this thread. It looked fake to me too, as Firepac said, you would expect greater curves in the body if it was on the move. While it is sort of on topic, somebody was reported to have been bitten by a king brown the other day I believe. It was actually reported as a "snake attack" which stuck me as a bit of an odd term.

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#1098442 - 09/04/2012 11:33 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Warren...these photos are dream subjects for a realist wildlife illustrator like myself wink
They are exquisite...the detail and composition are stunning.
Well done wink

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#1098728 - 10/04/2012 14:57 Re: Nature Photography (((o))) [Re: duckweather]
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Duckweather, if the images can be of benefit to you, you're most welcome to them. I like photographing their eyes.

An Alpine Dingo, Victorian High Country.




An old Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Naas River Valley below the Clear Range, ACT ... an account, http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=186357&v=CE




A lucky unlucky possum, Naas River Valley below the Booth Range, ACT ... an account, http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=186873&v=BG



A curious Pied Currawong. Naas River Valley, Mount Yararra, ACT. To me the Currawong's call is the definitive sound in the bush in the ranges, in my neck of the bush.



Warren.


Edited by Wild Wassa (10/04/2012 15:05)
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