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Just keep swimming.....and trying to bite me...hahahah

Indo-Chinese Rat Snake - swimming Snake. Non-venomous. Indo-Chinese Ratsnake. 灰鼠蛇 . Ptyas Korros

Taken on a macro setting with the Canon G9 compact camera....ie a 7mm lens...this meant that my hand was about 10cm from his face when I took this, whilst sploshing along in a conduit, and he would strike out occasionally. A great camera to do this with, with good DOF and sufficiently large images to make them look good and sharp - tho this image is compressed for flikr viewing - the original JPEG being much larger and clearer. For that see the large here....

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but you should check out the original version to see the file size and clarity from a jpeg shot on this astounding little handheld. This is THE camera for on the fly nature photography....

original file here farm4.static.flickr.com/3070/2948400027_d9aac80e9b_o.jpg

 

First "discovered" by Schlegel in 1837, this is a largish non-venomous quite commom snake in Hong Kong - tho' the first i had seen. This is a juvenile. Seen in a conduit half way up Dai Mo Shan.

 

This was taken with a G9 cannon, a wonderful light compact camera, that also shoots in RAW - and has video. This little chappy was caught in a conduit along route twisk/TaiMoShan mountain on the 11th october 2008. he appeared very happy in the water, swimming with head raised, and avoiding land.....more like a water snake. My son jack - 12 - leapt down into the water to catch him gently in a net. We carried him to a body of water nearby to release him, where he initially swam down to the rocks (see the video posted before this image) and then away across the water.

INDO-CHINESE RAT SNAKE

Juvenile. Can grow to 150cm in length. Mainly eats Gunther's frogs - but will take rodents and lizards. An active diurnal species. Will dive into water to escape when surprised. Aggresive and will bite vigorously if caught...this little chappy had a good go at us! Commonly sold in in the snake shops here in Hong Kong for its gall bladder and meat.

Lays 6-11 eggs which hatch in 45 days or so. Hatchlings 25cm long.

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Taken on October 12, 2008