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By the shallows of the mangrove edge ~ just breaking the surface of the water with its nostrils ~ its tongue whipping the waters surface ~ to taste the air for a spot of evening dining…

The ‘Reticulated’ Python.

Commonly found in Southeast Asia. These nonvenomous constrictors ~ are normally not considered dangerous to humans. Excellent swimmers which have colonised many small islands within its range.

Reticulated meaning “net-like” is a reference to the complex color pattern of this snake species.

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snake, python reticulatus, pythonidae, reptile, ripples, water pattern, diving, hunting

As a Marine Scientist, Underwater Photographer, Wildlife Conservation FilmMaker & emerging Explorer ~ Nicks’ recent film “Colours of the Gulf” documented the plight of whale sharks and other marine life in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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