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Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Amphibians & Reptiles Category) - Family - Viperidae - Viper

This challenge closed almost 5 years ago.

The Challenge

The 3rd in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of VIPERS.

Interesting Facts

> All viperids have a pair of relatively long solenoglyphous (hollow) fangs that are used to inject venom from glands located towards the rear of the upper jaws.

> Each of the two fangs is at the front of the mouth on a short maxillary bone that can rotate back and forth.

> Almost all vipers have keeled scales, a stocky build with a short tail, and, due to the location of the venom glands, a triangular-shaped head distinct from the neck.

> The great majority have vertically elliptical, or slit-shaped, pupils that can open wide to cover most of the eye or close almost completely, which helps them to see in a wide range of light levels.

> Most are ovoviviparous, giving birth to live young, but a few lay eggs; the word “viper” is derived from Latin vivo = “I live” and pario = “I give birth”.

> The Adder part of The Viperidae family is the only venomus snake in the United Kingdom.

> These snakes are capable of making decisions on how much venom to inject depending on the circumstances.

> Viperid venoms typically contain an abundance of protein-degrading enzymes, called proteases, that produce symptoms such as pain, strong local swelling and necrosis, blood loss from cardiovascular damage complicated by coagulopathy, and disruption of the blood clotting system. Death is usually caused by collapse in blood pressure. This is in contrast to elapid venoms that generally contain neurotoxins that disable muscle contraction and cause paralysis. Death from elapid bites usually results from asphyxiation because the diaphragm can no longer contract.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite.

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s permanently posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information

ENTRIES MUST BE ADDED TO THE GROUP FIRST OR BE DELETED FROM THE CHALLENGE.

Cover Image: Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) - Costa Rica by Jason Weigner

Completed

The Top Ten

Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) -  Costa Rica by Jason Weigner

Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) - Costa Rica by Jason Weigner was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 6 votes.

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