Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

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Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:38 pm

I took these photos this morning on the shore of the Congo River in Soyo Angola as we had a nice sunny day after being overcast for some time. This is the most beautiful species of Dendroaspis to my eyes and I can't pass up on a photo opportunity when we find these. This small female specimen (1190mm) was captured in a cashew nut tree by my alternate nyami while I was off on rotation in SA. It did strike at the grab stick a few times while positioning the snake and almost disappeared into the undergrowth as well during the photo shoot! It is unbelievable how these snakes can literally vanish in front of your eyes.

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Hope you like, how could you not?

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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Mitton » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:02 pm

Stunning pics Warren, and you are right, by far the most beautiful Dendroaspis.
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Nick Evans » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:33 pm

Stunning snake and stunning photos!
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby levi_20 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:17 pm

Wow!
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Eyelash » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:18 pm

Warren ! You make me so jelous it's not even funny ! What a stunning specimen !

Thanks for sharing her with us.

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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Robyn@TRR » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:44 pm

Incredible animal and pics!
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby michael » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:58 am

Stunning photo’s of such a beautiful snake. Their resemblance to D. viridis is quite striking. Now choosing the most beautiful Dendroaspis for me is impossible as they are all uniquely striking snakes. You are very lucky to have the job you do, I’m sure the vast majority of us are very jealous. :-D
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Scar69 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:39 am

Stunner!
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby mania » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:58 am

Really amazing snake and photos
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Bushviper » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:59 am

Very nice. The others I have seen had darker tails. This one is really impressive.
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby WW » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:39 pm

beautiful series of shots, as always!
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:24 pm

Thanks for everyone’s nice comments. Working with this snake was defiantly a highlight and I am quite pleased with the results. The rest of the day was quite boring as I only caught a single bush snake.
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Chopper 1 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:24 am

WOW awesomw stuff Warren!!
I would have said that was a West African green mamba if i saw it!! You are a lucky sod you know that!!!!
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:57 am

Thanks Mr. J, I also thought these were West African greens when I caught my 1st one here but when you compare them it is quite obvious as D. viridis have huge scales compared to all other mambas. The more commonly seen subspecies of D. jamesoni also have black tails as BV mentioned.
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Re: Images of D. jamesoni Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:27 am

While bagging the snake I thought to take some shots of the open mouth which was keen to bite anything that came near!

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You can just see the fang in this pic.
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