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Night Adder - Curl of Color An adult Night Adder in a pool of water with cloud reflections drifting around, creating an image of color and beauty.  This snake is cyto-toxic.  Causus rhombeatus,Geotagged,Namibia,adder,clouds,colorful,night adder,reflection,snake,venomous,water Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Night Adder - Curl of Color

An adult Night Adder in a pool of water with cloud reflections drifting around, creating an image of color and beauty. This snake is cyto-toxic.

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  1. The species was there, you just needed to know which of the Causus this is. I have ID'd as the 'Common' Night adder, please change this if you feel differently. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot Claire. I must admit, I am having a bit of a tough time identifying the species (I regularly get "unknown", although I have tried the scientific and common names. Is there a trick I am missing ? Thanks again for the help in resolving this species. Appreciated very much. Posted 5 years ago
      1. I know you asked Claire, but I'll chip in. It may help to know that in case JungleDragon does not yet know the species (which is true in this case), it will look on english wikipedia.org for a match. So whatever you type in that search box, should match with the page name in Wikipedia, if there is any. Know that some Wikipedia pages have multiple synonyms, that all lead to the same page, so often multiple search queries can lead to success.

        The most reliable way to get a match is to use the binomial name, Causus rhombeatus in this case, since it is globally unique, unlike common names. On a development copy of JungleDragon, I tried "Causus rhombeatus" as a query, and it works. Not sure why it would not work for you, or what you searched for. Anyway, I hope this explains the mechanism behind the feature.
        Posted 5 years ago
        1. Thanks a lot Ferdy ... it sure helps. I searched for causus (in small letters), so now I would assume it would have worked if I had used Causus instead. Will keep on trying (scientific names). Thanks for the advice and clarification. It does help a lot. Posted 5 years ago
          1. No problem. For the record, lowercase or uppercase should not matter for a match. Posted 5 years ago
      2. What I usually do is search for it on Google, see what Wiki calls it and go for that! Posted 5 years ago
        1. Thanks for that Claire. I will definitely give it a go next time I get stuck. Posted 5 years ago
  2. Oh, and not to forget, back on topic: incredible photo and species! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot. Posted 5 years ago
  3. beautiful pic.. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thank you very much. Appreciate the comment. Posted 5 years ago
  4. Sorry, I forgot to mention that this is a beautiful photo of a very lovely snake. I didn't know they liked water! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot Claire. Yeah, I loved the soft reflection of the clouds on the water, in combination with the snake's patterns. In the summer snakes love the water. They will go swimming just to cool off, not to mention that prey will be plentiful around the water sources. Posted 5 years ago
  5. Indeed a beautiful capture! Well done. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thank you very much, greatly appreciated. Posted 5 years ago

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''Causus rhombeatus'' is a venomous viper species endemic to subsaharan Africa. No subspecies are currently recognized.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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Uploaded Jan 4, 2015. Captured Aug 4, 2013 16:44 in D2874, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/7.1
  • 1/395s
  • ISO250
  • 340mm