Common Krait Coiled After Bath for Photo Session

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This common krait was rescued from a house and rehabilitated in the wild, after a photo session. Its the deadliest Indian snake, known to be 15 times more venomous than a cobra. It had to be given bath during the photo session, as the dust particles were showing up with macro lens. Thus these droplets on the snake.


Usually, I do a photo session with rescued snakes, before their rehabilitation. I use Canon 20D + 30D, Canon 180mm L series macro, Canon 100 mm macro, etc. Always, I consider safety of paramount concern, I may miss my planned shots, but no fooling around with snakes beyond a limit. I respect and fear them as I did when I had not known them, rather I am more scared of them now, as I know how complicated snakebite can get. I have seen some of the snake handlers getting bitten and then leaving the world forever, foolish ! It happens, when one gets over confident about snakes and starts handling them as if they are a machine under full control.


Snakes are known for `making great escapes and giving surprises all the time’. One should not trouble them beyond a certain point while doing photo session and respect them for their `right to live’ in peace.


Here, I was about 12-18 inches from this snake. The catch is to make no sudden movements next to snake; they perceive threat from our movements and may bite if very close. To know more about how to photograph snakes, please click here:


This snake was rescued from a house by me. I run the Snake Cell, which is to help people understand about snakes and snakebite, and their role in ecology of this planet and our environment. The Snake Cell has remained as a self-funded project for ten years now. To know more about the Snake Cell, please click here

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Taken on September 17, 2006