Monday, June 26, 2006

Micro Snake

11/23/2005 @ 03:05:37 PM MDT
You can't really tell from this photo, but this baby sharptailed snake (Contia tenuis) was less than 3 inches long when photographed. It was found in a backyard in San Anselmo, California, a few days before Thanksgiving.


At 5:01 PM, Blogger Nick said...

I'm impressed by your photos, particularly this one, as I have tried and failed several times to get a good macro shot of a small eastern worm snake (Carphophis amoenus). They just won't hold still. How about a blog posting on your photography techniques?

At 7:13 PM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

Thanks for the ups. I just use Canon point-and-shoot digital cameras. I believe this shot was with an Elph SD 550. I'm currently using an S3 IS. I just set it on macro and shoot. This snake was fairly cooled down as we found it in a little garden pond, so it wasn't moving when I took these shots.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger othonna said...

Wow, nice that you found a baby. When I lived in San Anselmo I had them in my yard. Found one on top of the compost heap and another, the first I found, was under a piece of tar roof tile in the driveway. I could reliably find it there just about whenever I wanted. They're like little pieces of jewelry, especially when tangled up in a ball.

How did you happen to be in San Anselmo? Far from home and lucky for you to encounter one of these only locally common snakes.

At 11:04 PM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

How did you happen to be in San Anselmo?

I've got good friends who bought a house there a few years back. It's where I stay when I visit San Francisco.


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