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Morning Dog Walk: Viperine Snake Sunbathing

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

This morning I sat on the river bank letting Wally run around in the water when I spotted a Viperine in one of the river pools (the river is now dry with just pools remaining). I watched it swim to the opposite bank and it eventually climbed out to sunbathe on the rocks.

It was really tough to photograph as there was a lot of contrast between the bright sunlight and the dark rocks.

The Viperine (Natrix maura) is a small snake that spends a lot of time in the water catching fish and although you may think by the name, it is not a Viper. It’s name comes from being similar in appearance to a Viper. It is non-venomous and although when threatened it can act like a Viper and strike, it will not bite. It is Diurnal which meaning it is active during daylight only. In adult-life, they can grow to 85cm long, this particular one was no larger than about 40cm.

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Viperine Snake (Natrix maura)

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Morning Dog Walk: A Local Wanted To Fight Me This Morning!…..

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

The river has now dried up (as normal this time of year) but there are a lot of large pools remaining. I have noticed that the Louisiana Crayfish are spending time out of the water. I was walking down the dried river bed and stumbled across this little fella who immediately went into fight mode with his pincers ready! In the water they can swim backwards extremely quickly, however, out of the water they are slow and clumsy so have to defend themselves. You may remember I took some Underwater Photos of the Crayfish a short while back.

I didn’t take a camera this morning, so the mobile had to do;

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Louisiana Crayfish

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Louisiana Crayfish In The River Odelouca

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The Louisiana Crayfish (Procambarus Clarkii) are thriving in the river so I thought I’d get my underwater camera out (Nikon 1 AW1) and see if I could grab some pictures. They prefer to be in the still water under the shade of the trees, so getting photos is quite difficult.

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