Actually, this bluestripe garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis similus) wasn't blue, she was incredibly angry. I don't blame her at all -- I very rudely reached into the weeds and snatched her up to photograph her, and she was most displeased. She let me know of her displeasure by biting me. Repeatedly. But wow was she gorgeous, and worth every drop of lost blood! She was caught in Gainesville, Florida, in Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, and she was released after our photo and biting session.
The rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus), also called the ringhals or ring-necked spitting cobra | A venomous elapid species found in parts of southern Africa | It is not a true cobra in that it does not belong to the genus Naja, but instead belongs to the monotypic genus Hemachatus; however, it is closely related to the true cobras and is considered to be one of the true spitting cobras.
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African Forest cobra
Manipulated image of a Forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca, 1.70m). It was apparently found within the permanent camp of Mikembo (DR Congo, Katanga, January 2014) and killed straight away by a local guide because too dangerous. Received it in the evening and staged it the next day in its defensive position. Reconstructed the damaged parts with GIMP. Canon 5Dmkii, EF17-40mm 1:4L, ISO100, f/9, 1/6sec, natural light (shade). Placed in the album "Illusions" because staged and you'd never come this…