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Snake Sniff

Hiding in the blooming algae, the snake will come out to sniff (with his tongue) at the camera. If they sense no imminent danger, snakes are very inquisitive cr...
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Hiding in the blooming algae, the snake will come out to sniff (with his tongue) at the camera. If they sense no imminent danger, snakes are very inquisitive creatures!
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12 Comments | Report
Snappin-shots April 05, 2014
that is scary! :)
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donanzinger September 15, 2015
Terrific image! It had me wondering what the snake was coming out of - thanks for including the explanation.
tboviajevirtual February 12, 2016
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catherinethompson May 21, 2016
EleventhAndQueensStudio July 15, 2016
Cool...and creepy.
geophotos October 02, 2020
On land, snake uses tongue to check the air for various odours (simplified). What happens in water? Can they "detect" essence of Fil and decide if you are edible, friend or foe? You must have a special relationship with them. Superb serpentine capture! :)
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LookSee October 02, 2020
As you know, the olfactory effects spread well in water, although maybe somewhat slower since the medium is about 900 times denser than air. Sharks are the best example of sensing blood or carrion smell over large distances, and also being able to determine the direction it's coming from. Call it stereo nose! As to the snakes, I'm sure they can sense much more that we can imagine! Like many other animals, they are probably seeing one's aura... or reading one's intentions! Enter the water with a speargun and the area will empty itself of fishes. Enter with the camera, and many fish and other life forms will actually approach! Such is my experience, and so I think we don't know what all senses the animals rely upon. Anyway, no animal has ever attacked me, and I count it among the best compliments one can receive! Thanks for liking the photo! :)
mariadelcarmenllavayol October 17, 2020
Imponente!!! Saludos
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LookSee October 18, 2020
I'm glad you like the photo, thanks :)
samanthahorne_4434 October 20, 2020
Oh man I removed the message by mistake.... But will definitely give it a look, and it is like you mentioned come with an intention of harming they will attack, if you come as the observer they are curious and become friends๐Ÿ‘ and yes they are intune with their bodies as they receive the information from the surroundings that are emanating those vibrations with those intentions through the electro magnetic field, absolutely like you said the aura ๐Ÿ˜‰
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LookSee October 20, 2020
Don't know how they sense the world around them... no-one actually knows, as there may be no special sensors for it... But true, they simply "know" how to read us, too. So I'm very glad they do not think of me as an enemy or predator. Kind of a compliment! :D
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MaryAnne306 November 01, 2020
Another very cool snake photo. Great effect with the head emerging as if actually coming out of the flat surface.
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LookSee November 01, 2020
Thanks... These algic globes can be quite dense, and in fact the sudden snake appearance looks kinda like magic...
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Hood June 28, 2021
What type of snake is this? Lovely detail...
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LookSee June 28, 2021
It's a Natrix tessellata, a watersnake. Non-venomous, mainly feeding on fish, small vermin and insects. Many of those in the lake, so I get to meet them very often while snorkeling and diving. They can be found in the shore reed, but also very far on the lake, and down to 12 meters depths. Nice fellas. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
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sue-zon January 12, 2022
Amazing image . . . should have won every contest you entered!
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LookSee January 12, 2022
Thank you, but that would become pretty boring soon! ;)
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TracyJane51 Jun 03
Omg what a great capture. I wonder were you the bait? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‡
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No, I was just swimming by. Nothing to be alarmed about. Happens very often.
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Behind The Lens

Lake Ohrid, Elenkamen
Natural daylight, one meter below the water surface.
CANON D10, hand-held, close-up.
The way snakes hide in the blooming algae.
Nothing special.
In my camera bag
Two cameras, one on the beach, the other under the water with me. Beside the camera I most often use nothing but the basic snorkeling equipment. And on dry land, I prefer photo jacket to camera bags.
Watch for the changes in the ambient, because the animals are doing the same. A watersnake will hide in the bulge of the blooming algae and from there strike lightning-fast upon the unsuspecting fish. So that's the place to expect them, curious beasties that they are, to come out sniffing.

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