Scales of a Blue-bellied Black Snake by Marilyn Harris

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Scales of a Blue-bellied Black Snake

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Featured in Abstract Art and Shapes and Patterns

Macro shot of scales showing the beautiful pattern and textures.

The blue-bellied, or spotted, black snake is found in the drier inland areas of south-eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales. The body is a dark glossy black, with or without cream spots. The head is slightly distinct from the neck. The average length is around 1.25m, maximum length 2m. They are oviparous (egg-laying). The snake is shy and avoids contact with humans but when threatened will flatten its body and emit a loud whistling hiss. Average venom output of this snake is unknown. The toxicity (in mice) of blue-bellied black snake venom is the highest of any of the black snakes. Bites are infrequent and may cause severe local pain and regional lymphadenopathy. Tiger snake antivenom is the treatment of choice.


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Retirement has made it possible for me to be more creative and what better way to enjoy being creative than photography!
I have been fortunate enough to have traveled throughout Australia, England, Ireland, Europe and Egypt, keeping my trusty camera with me at all times.

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  • Rebecca Bryson
    Rebecca Brysonover 5 years ago

    You will not see me getting that close to a snake so glad you did great capture and you should add this to abstracts in nature way kewl

  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstoneover 5 years ago

    Wow….it reminds me of those old fashioned quilts
    Stunning abstract!!!!…I do have to agree with Rebecca though, I’m not sure I’d get that close.
    Wonderful work Marilyn!!!!!

  • dougie1
    dougie1over 5 years ago

    whoa! TOO close!

  • Ingz
    Ingzover 5 years ago

    I love visiting you dear Blossom, as your work is so lovely and always so interesting xxxxx

  • shakey
    shakeyover 5 years ago

    Great macro Blossom.

  • sassyskink
    sassyskinkover 5 years ago

    great image Marilyn!

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCover 5 years ago

    such an amazing macro and kind of kreepy.
    great capture

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 5 years ago

    Wow – sooo close!! Great work.

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 5 years ago
    Are’nt they amazing!!!! Wonderful image Marilyn…only ever seen a couple of blue-bellys!!! *-)
  • flyfish70
    flyfish70over 5 years ago

    WOW, this is an awesome shot, well done!!!!!!!!

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