Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tete-a-Tete with a viper

This guy had wandered into somebody's living room a couple of days back. A panic call to the forest department ensured he was caught and taken into custody right away. Here i was in the National Park with this forest official who promised to show me his esteemed guests. He was venomous, potent and mean.

I have never touched a snake before. I used to be repelled by all reptiles. Photography has taught me to appreciate these beautiful creatures. The snake's scales are so smooth, you have to touch them to believe it. These scales enable them to slide through the roughest of terrain easily.

It took all of 2 min for me to get comfortable with the snake's presence. I dont know how i did it, but i somehow lost my fear. I was infact staring him eye to eye, 4 inches from my face. I managed to get some nice front on shots. All the while he was trying to smell the air around with his olfactory sensors in the front of his face and through his tongue. He kept flipping his tongue at me , trying to size me up.

Snakes are beautiful creatures. Very potent if you dont know how to handle them. They are as scared of us as we are of them. They are shy creatures who would not approach you unless you encroached upon them.

The world is so beautiful!


  1. omg... where on earth are you?

  2. o my!how did u manage to escape?

  3. madness... zoomed and took or you went upto it? Should've got a shot of it flicking its tongue too.

  4. went upto it...i have one with the tongue out too...will post it soon :)

  5. That shot took me breath away .. (its upto you to decide whether that was out of awe or out of fear :P )

    BTW, this snap is now my desktop wallpaper .. and will remain so until you come up with another gem!

  6. Was looking for a pic to change my wall paper. I still have the one you tok in himalayas... But this snake is too scary !! man could you touch it !!

    - Ranjitha