Crypsis Challenge #9 Reveal

Looks like all commenters easily spotted the snake in this photo.

January 18, 2011 | Gandoca-Manzanillo NWR, Limon Province, Costa Rica

It’s about a third of the way from the top right. Here’s a closer shot from roughly the same angle.

Closeup of eyelash viper on tree trunk

As Andrea J determined, this is an eyelash viper, Bothriechis schlegelii. It’s difficult to pick up an ecotourism brochure in Costa Rica and not see a picture of the yellow variety of this species.

Look out for a separate post on this individual with many more photos.

Oh, and don’t worry, I kept a respectful distance. This encounter reminded me why I always carry around a teleconverter.

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2 Responses to Crypsis Challenge #9 Reveal

  1. Well, I got the first five letters right šŸ™‚

    I hope you’ll include lens/lighting/settings details in the upcoming post. I’ve never been happy with how the lighting has turned out on my attempts at venomous snakes.

    • Troy Bartlett says:

      Sure, I’ll try to include photo details. I just wish that wasn’t such a tedious job. If only I could automate that somehow.

      I do make sure the basic info is preserved in the EXIF for the uploaded images. You can generally just look at any of my posted images with an EXIF viewer if you’re ever curious. It won’t tell you about technique, but you can always just ask about that.

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