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Aspidelaps lubricus - Coral Cobra

This is a captive that I had the privilege to work with and shoot today.

It is a smaller cobra species that is found is South Africa, Angola, and Namibia. Although they are highly venomous, they are rarely considered lethal, and the only two known fatalies caused by Aspidelaps were toddlers.

To see how I created the "desert" backdrop, check it out here: [link]
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ManitouWolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is my Holy Grail of snakes....to get a shot of a cobra in full hood. Wow. :)

Gorgeous shot.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. She was a fun little snake to work with for sure.
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LadyJafaria Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Aww, it's cute for a cobra. Great backdrop, too.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha. They are kinda cute. This one is tiny too. Just over a foot long.
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LadyJafaria Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Is it full-grown, or a baby? I didn't know there were cobras that small.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's last years baby, so it's just a yearling. It'll end up being about 3 feet or so long.
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bluetaipan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful shot with a beautiful snake
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
nice shot!

It's a little unnerving to photograph something so close that is so venemous!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. It's not that unnerving for me. I've been dealing with venomous snakes for years and I was shooting this guy from way outside of his strike range.
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MissFrosty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
that is ADORABLE! lol
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha
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soxfox Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
I want one SO bad! They are just so adorable, but bold. Great shot, I love how to set up the background!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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eesss Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Beautiful shot <3 what a cutie
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Sara!!!
I'm comin' up to Portland for a week after I get back from Arizona. We should all hangout.
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eesss Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
swweet! im actually i ukiah right now hahaha, have een hoping to come across some snakes but have only found a ass load of blue bellies instead. see you soon!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm in Ukiah too!
Let's meet up. I've found 8 species of snakes up here this month.
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eesss Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Cory tells me you are filming a documennnnnntorry
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup! It's been pretty fun. My camera man and I will be filming for the next two years or so, but we got some good stuff.

How long are you gonna be here for?
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eesss Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
ive been here for a week ...and will be here for another week still...
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well. If you want to find some snakes within the next week, I have an awesome spot about 20 minutes away that I'm expecting to find rubber boas at. So far I've found garters, kings, sharptails, ringnecks, and rattlers at there and I've only been going to it since November.

I have to go there soon and release a couple snakes I collected for photos too.
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noc38mustang Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Wow... who had this guy?
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