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Russian Rat Roulette Shot in the dark, <br />
with only a heat lamp to light<br />
 the immaculate darkness.<br />
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Behold the black water snake... Zoom in to face the coolness. Elaphe schrenckii,Geotagged,Manchurian Black Water Snake,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Russian Rat Roulette

Shot in the dark,
with only a heat lamp to light
the immaculate darkness.

Behold the black water snake... Zoom in to face the coolness.

    comments (10)

  1. Reflactions distract the unwary eye. Est. 170cm long, of a maximum of 190cm. Posted 7 years ago
  2. It's black an mean. Love the skin detail. Posted 7 years ago
    1. The pose, the colour, gloomy and mean, glad you like it! Posted 7 years ago
  3. And promoted. It's just good. Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thanks! Realrly appreciate it! Posted 7 years ago
  4. Superb low key-like shot Ludo. Love it! Posted 7 years ago
    1. Hey thx, F, you've got a lot to catch up to! Man, favourited, you've made my day:)
      Ps. the best low key I've ever made is of my daugther. Amazing things you can do with a bulb light and delicate sensor:) Not with the snake though, that was really darkish, as you know to be in De Oliemeulen. I'll visit it again soon I think. Bit of an alternate Madagaskar for mere mortals:) (hihi)
      Posted 7 years ago
      1. True that Oliemeulen is remarkeable, really rare reptiles they got. I heard though that they burned down? Posted 7 years ago
        1. Now that would be a shame, you've got me scared here. After reading up it seems that the insect breading place burned down, not sure if it equals the museum location. Sure hope not.. Posted 7 years ago
          1. That is relatively good news as I thought all was gone! Posted 7 years ago

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The Amur Rat Snake, Russian Rat Snake, Korean Rat Snake, Siberian Rat Snake, or Manchurian Black Water Snake exists in two varieties, since taxonomy changes in 2002:

Elaphe schrenki

Elaphe anomala

The northern, darker, most common variety is known to be more fearless, inquisitive & personable that its southern cousin, which is somewhat more nervous & shy.

It is found in the Amur River basin; in eastern Mongolia, southeastern Siberia, northuern Manchuria.. more

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Ludo Sak
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By Ludo Sak

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Uploaded Sep 14, 2012. Captured Apr 1, 2012 10:39 in Reitse Hoevenstraat 20, 5042 Tilburg, The Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/1.8
  • 1/80s
  • ISO200
  • 50mm