Sunday, 18 March 2012

Not The Cutest Visitor We Have Had!

European (Mediterranean) Cat Snake.  The snake is venomous but is not considered a threat to humans as it's fangs are in the rear of its mouth so is not able to deliver the venom to a human (unless of course you stick your finger in the back of its mouth).  They feed on geckos and small lizards and use their venom to kill these small creatures.  This little fellow was hiding in our garden today.  He was about as thick as my little finger, with quite a large head for the thickness of his body and distinctive dark brown markings.

 All Images Copyright 2000-2012 Janice Parr

This photo was taken using the Canon EOS 1000D - Shutter Speed 1/128 sec - Macro Mode - f/5.6 - ISO 200 - Focal Length 55mm.

Once he started to get aggravated at being disturbed and started to move we got to see just how long he was, which was about 1/2 meter.  I was also amazed at how loud his hiss was.

 All Images Copyright 2000-2012 Janice Parr

This photo was taken using the Canon EOS 1000D - Shutter Speed 1/166 sec - Macro Mode - f/5.6 - ISO 200 - Focal Length 55mm.

Ian armed with bucket and stick, not expecting to be snake catcher today.


One snake safely captured in bucket and now re located at bottom of valley.

All Images Copyright 2000-2012 Janice Parr

This photo was taken using the Canon EOS 1000D - Shutter Speed 1/1024 - Portrait Mode - f/5.6 - ISO 100 - Focal Length 55mm.

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