05 Green Bush Viper

Roger de la Harpe, South Africa

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The Green Bush Viper – also know as the Vari­able Bush Viper, Leaf Viper, Com­mon Bush Viper, Bush Viper or Tree Viper – is a ven­omous viper species found in West and Cen­tral Africa. Green Bush Vipers oc­cur nat­u­rally in Cen­tral and West Africa, and be­ing quite feisty lit­tle snakes, threat­en­ing and strik­ing eas­ily, can be quite pho­to­genic. Their very prom­i­nent scales also add to their at­trac­tion. They are quite ven­omous, so one doesn’t want to get too close – I used Nikon’s won­der­ful 200-400mm f/4 lens at 350mm on my D3x to keep me out of strik­ing dis­tance. The dark back­ground is a for­est in shade. Nikon D3x, Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II, 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO400

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