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Snake charming is the practice of pretending to hypnotise a snake by playing an instrument. The practice is most common in India, though other Asian nations such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia are also home to performers, as are the North African countries of Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Many snake charmers live a wandering existence, visiting towns and villages on market days and during festivals. the charmer typically sits out of biting range, and his animal is sluggish and reluctant to attack anyway. More drastic means of protection include removing the creature’s fangs or venom glands, or even sewing the snake’s mouth shut. The most popular species are those native to the snake charmer’s home region, typically various kinds of cobras, though vipers and other types are also used.
Indian King Cobras (Naja naja), Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajastan, India, Asia

Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot, i love the color and details.

  • Thanks a lot Pam, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Moonlake
    Moonlakeover 4 years ago

    Awsome

  • Thank you very much Moonlake!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Susanne and the “Around The World” group for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Amazing colours – such fabulous processing.

  • Thanks a lot BigCatPhotos!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your image has been chosen as the avatar photo for our challenge in the “People At Work” Group. :)

  • Thanks a lot Janine for the feature and the avatar, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldover 4 years ago

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldover 4 years ago

    Hi Konstantinos…you are so welcome it is an amazing photo :)

  • Janine maybe you like this one also from India: Snake charmer

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Robyn, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Laura J. Holman
    Laura J. Holmanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot! Congrats on your well deserved features.

  • Thank you very much Laura!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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