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 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #57: Paradise Flying Snake
PostPosted: November 6th, 2012, 2:24 am 
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A young Chrysopelea paradisi, one of the storied flying snakes of Asia. This one didn't fly for me, but here's how they do it.

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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #57: Paradise Flying Snake
PostPosted: November 6th, 2012, 4:29 am 
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WOW! What a spectacularly beautiful snake! My son and I just watched a show on Nat Geo last night about these guys called "Snakes That Fly". It was a well-done show and extremely interesting what they found out about the mechanics of their "flight".


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #57: Paradise Flying Snake
PostPosted: November 6th, 2012, 5:11 am 
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Well, this is one of those point-and-shoot snakes that practically photograph themselves. There's little you can do wrong with such a subject :-)

Is that show on YouTube?

Thanks!


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PostPosted: November 6th, 2012, 5:21 am 
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Simply magical. Probably the worlds prettiest snake and you should be honoured to make it's acquaintance :)
Great photo's and nice post


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #57: Paradise Flying Snake
PostPosted: November 6th, 2012, 5:34 am 
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Probably the worlds prettiest snake

Have you met Gonyophis margaritatus. Well, neither have I, and that's a fate many nature photographers share down here. It's the herper's Holy Grail, right up there with Lanthanotus and Ophiophagus...

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Au contraire: it was about fricking time I ran into one of those guys - they're common garden snakes. In fact, this specimen was found in a neighbor's driveway this morning....can't wait to meet a fully grown adult!


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PostPosted: November 6th, 2012, 6:51 am 
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Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
Au contraire: it was about fricking time I ran into one of those guys - they're common garden snakes. In fact, this specimen was found in a neighbor's driveway this morning....can't wait to meet a fully grown adult!


I actually had wondered why we hadn't been graced with a Chrysopelea dispatch yet. They were certainly common a bit south of you when I was there.

Looks like you weren't the first one to "find" that snake either based on the scarring on its side. :shock:


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PostPosted: November 6th, 2012, 7:05 am 
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Great find, really stunning snake!


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PostPosted: November 6th, 2012, 7:43 am 
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What a gorgeous find, Hans!

Find more, please!


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PostPosted: November 6th, 2012, 10:15 am 
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Favorite snake in the Colubridae! :thumb: . Love it Hans


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PostPosted: November 7th, 2012, 8:40 pm 
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Thanks for all the positive comments! Next up - a six-foot Lycodon albofuscus, which serves as a nice counterpart to the visual opulence of this specimen here :-)


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PostPosted: November 7th, 2012, 9:16 pm 
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Amazing specimen, Hans! Sorry that I haven't posted or commented much these months, but a newborn will do that! I am still lurking on here, though, but couldn't pass up this beauty!


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PostPosted: November 7th, 2012, 9:36 pm 
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Hey, welcome back in the open, Maarten! I'd been wondering where you'd been all that time...


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PostPosted: November 7th, 2012, 10:13 pm 
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Next time you do a post like this or the 'Eight Snakes...' one from before, you should elaborate on how and where you found/caught them. I really like that sort of thing, especially in your writing style :)


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PostPosted: November 7th, 2012, 10:40 pm 
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Ruxs wrote:
Next time you do a post like this or the 'Eight Snakes...' one from before, you should elaborate on how and where you found/caught them. I really like that sort of thing, especially in your writing style :)

Thanks for the compliment! Can't write a full report all the time, though...most of the snakes are road-cruised anyway, and you don't want to read the same story eight times over ("a sinewy serpent, slithering shadily in the shadowy shine, appeared in our headlights. After managing to heave my bulk out of the car without major bruises, and not even forgetting to pull the handbrake - forgoing a fiery fate for the fine four-wheel fehicle - I arrived snakeside just when it was about to disappear in the roadside grass. Gratuitous violence on behalf of the animal ensues when I try to bag it, yadayadayada etc. ad nauseam.") Few are the instances that are truly worth documenting on pen and paper :-)

Not to mention the fact that many animals are much more beautiful than my writing can ever be, so why sully the experience? :-)


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PostPosted: November 8th, 2012, 1:23 am 
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Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
Hey, welcome back in the open, Maarten! I'd been wondering where you'd been all that time...


Thanks for flipping me (as I had been under cover)! By the way, did you try to get it to "fly"?


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PostPosted: November 8th, 2012, 2:13 am 
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No, it just looks so delicate. With Draco sp., I have no qualms about tossing them in the air and watching them gracefully descend, but with this one, I don't know...


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PostPosted: November 8th, 2012, 4:30 am 
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Well, I thought naturally, but who am I to stop you from tossing animals into the air to test a theory?! :P :twisted:


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PostPosted: November 8th, 2012, 5:19 am 
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PostPosted: November 12th, 2012, 11:17 am 
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PostPosted: November 14th, 2012, 1:11 pm 
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That post hurt my eyes. :crazyeyes:


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PostPosted: November 19th, 2012, 12:32 am 
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SO INCREDIBLE, one of my favorite Asian herps!!!! Great photos!!!


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PostPosted: November 19th, 2012, 6:39 pm 

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Nice Hans, this is one of the nicer colour variations of paradisi! I usually encounter the green-black patterned one, although recently I found one with a beautiful golden head (still paradise tree snake - not golden tree snake). Goodluck on your herping adventures. May the king cobras be with you!


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PostPosted: November 19th, 2012, 9:39 pm 
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Absolutely spectacular, Hans! What a great find and set of photos.

Regards,
David


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PostPosted: November 19th, 2012, 9:53 pm 
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Thank you very much, all!


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PostPosted: November 21st, 2012, 7:00 pm 
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Such a beautiful snake. Incredible. Thanks for the awesome pics!


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