December 17, 2017

A short video about photographing the legendary Golden pit-viper of Assam Trimeresurus cf. septentrionalis (possibly a new species) in the field in North-eastern India. Points of interest include the gentle manipulation of the snake, the use of a protective shield for close-up wide-macro photography (this is a highly venomous species which is prone to fast defensive bites) and the vigorous tail rattling at the end, showing that the snake was finally fed up with the session. A few seconds later it actually disappeared – unharmed and with an interesting story to tell – among the foliage.

 

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