The Perfect Forked Tongue Photograph

 

This is a Keel Back, which is one of the most common freshwater snakes. It strikes rapidly and with great determination, and has a tenacious hold. Photograph/Yuwaraj Gujjar.

This is a Keel Back, which is one of the most common freshwater snakes. It strikes rapidly and with great determination, and has a tenacious hold. Photograph/Yuwaraj Gujjar.

Among Indian snakes, only cobras and pythons are prominently photographed while common snakes are ignored. - Yuwaraj Gujjar

Among Indian snakes, only cobras and pythons are prominently photographed while common snakes are ignored. – Yuwaraj Gujjar

Yuwaraj Gujjar, a Deputy Manager with Raymond Limited, won an Honourable Mention in the International Nature Photography Competition 2011 conducted by the Italian Nature Photography Association and their nature magazine called Asferico. Yuwaraj, who has been an enthusiast for thepast 25 years, secured the 5th position in the Other Animals category of the contest. Speaking about his stunning image of a Keel Backsnake, which is a commonly found freshwater snake,Yuwaraj said, “In India, we have great bio-diversity among snakes. However, only cobras and pythons are prominently photographed while common snakes are ignored.”Photographed at the Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, the snake was just 5–6 inches away from Yuwaraj when he released the shutter. “I was lying on the ground and missed quite a few shots due to shutter lag or because the snake turned away from the camera. Still, I waited till I got the perfect forked tongue shot.”

-Written by Ambarin Afsar

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