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Greetings Folks..

From last years London Zoo visit, this is a ...well the above!

Other known as the Red-tailed Green Ratsnake (Gonyosoma oxycephalum) is a species of snake found in Southeast Asia.

It is a robust snake with powerful, smooth scales on its belly that is ideal for climbing trees and across branches. It has smaller, smooth scales on its back that is usually bright green or light green and may have black net-like pattern. A gray-colored morph with a yellow head exists in Panay, in the Philippines.

The red-tailed green ratsnake lives and spends its life in the trees and in cavities in trees. It seldom descends to the ground. When the snake is stressed, it may inflate a bag of air in its neck, making it appear larger in size.

In captivity, it has quite the 'attitude' and may strike at or bite an unwary handler. Very unpredictable and may change from time to time but may become tame thru proper handling.

It does appear vulnerable at the moment..

February 14, 2013
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Feb 14, 2013 11:34:16 am
What an amazing capture Rob, although I would never get that close

by magnus073 Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 11:35:37 am
2 for the price of 1
Great capture indeed

by AZBO Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 11:36:22 am
Hummmm.. Great pic of those snakes my friend Thanks to share ((5++))

by mickeyrony Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 11:53:04 am
Well, I thought a red tail may be a disadvantage...however they seem to have found a way to hide it.Obviously affectionate or at least tolerant of their own kind.Great capture Rob, I'm assuming this is through glass(?) so double great, for sharpness and clarity...

by neiwil Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 12:47:46 pm
A Valentine's Day embrace? Nice shot...

by photosynthesis Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 12:51:09 pm
Up there scaling a tree!! Great capture Rob.

by jayfar Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 1:26:48 pm
Fab photo Rob,especially with a plate of glass in the way! and thanks for the background.. very educational!! An amazing looking snake!

by tigertim Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 1:48:57 pm
I wouldn't want to be the one to 'handle' it until it learned to calmed the 'F' down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by blinkings Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 2:09:12 pm
Excellent shot,love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by miwi Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 3:42:29 pm
Excellent! Nice shot!

by rockstrider Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 5:17:59 pm
Very impressive capture and cool information

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 5:26:37 pm
Hold the phone, hold the phone,...aren't there two snakes up there, intertwined and sharing the same limb, or does it have eyes on the end of its tail?
Other than that, mate, love the color, composition and patterns in this pic of the beautiful reptile.

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 7:16:32 pm
A real great pic!!!

On the other hand I´m wondering at the moment whether this will be the new Gordian knot?


by munich68 Online Now!   Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 9:19:37 pm
NIce pic!!!

by LadyMeridius Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 9:48:45 pm
Great capture of some beautiful creatures :D

by alphalioness Homepage »

Feb 15, 2013 4:16:15 am
Wonderful shot!

by fallen21 Homepage »

Feb 15, 2013 6:50:37 am
It is a very pretty snake i like it's color great capture.

by dakotabluemoon Homepage »

Feb 15, 2013 1:08:48 pm
You did really cool pic! Great!

by Darkwish Online Now!   Homepage »

Feb 15, 2013 3:27:12 pm
Flip that is a bit close, great pic!!

by jendellas Homepage »

Feb 15, 2013 7:15:03 pm
so sweet

by flavia49 Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 5:07:11 am
I think i'd give a bit of distance too if it were not for the plate glass.

Excellent capture mate!

by Maxidyne Homepage »

Feb 17, 2013 8:26:38 pm
Very cool Rob ....all they need is an apple..luv the colours

by cjoe Homepage »


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