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- September 17, 2009 at 3:17 pm #264056
While looking for reptile & snake for documenting, came face-to-face with a full-grown adult Shore-Pit Viper or Mangrove Pit-Viper () after a tip-off.
During day, this nocturnal snake would lie quietly amongst the mangrove and most nature photographers may not be aware of its presence as it kept extremely still for a long time. The viper specie is considered venomous & aggressive by nature.
See link for picture : http://home.pacific.net.sg/~wildlife/Viper.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;September 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm #301119peacefuldoveMember
it looked evil!!September 17, 2009 at 6:01 pm #301132
At first I tried taking it with AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F2.8 by getting near and sense the viper’s irritation and it started to show menace (can see from the photo on its face). I decided to change lens to suit circumstances (as safety precaution) and use APO Macro 150mm F2.8. If one got bitten by this viper specie without the right anti-venom to save, the game is over for you and all your devotion to nature world.September 18, 2009 at 3:40 am #301139tridentMember
I would shoot this with a longer lens too
Nice documentation of this viper, only wish I could see more
of them in my outings.September 18, 2009 at 11:44 am #301195tanhbSpectator
only wish I could see more
of them in my outings.
You better see it. If it is there and you didn’t see it you know what will happen?September 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm #301224
Hwee Boon is right. This viper specie as well as the Wagler’s Pit-Viper are both equally venomous and behave the same in total vigil stillness. You may have pass by many times during many of your trips but without noticing their proximity. I also took a shot years ago of the rarely seen female Wagler’s pit which also keep very quiet and still. Lucky for my area of work, I managed to stumble across at wild Chestnut forest leading to Mandai forest and took a shot although it was not very sharp (good for ID record) as I was using non-SLR at that time.
See link of the rarely seen female Wagler’s Pit-Viper (
http://home.pacific.net.sg/~leect/Wildlife12.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;September 19, 2009 at 6:06 pm #301343stingReySpectator
Thanks for sharing this image and some info about it.
These are the creatures that I don’t want to see in the wild.
To see them in picture is more than enough for me.September 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm #301429
Yes I understand your uneasiness with snake encounter as you have mentioned to me once before about your feeling towards snake. Hope you will not meet up with them in the wild.
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