Common Wolf Snake

August 22nd, 2009
by Krishna Mohan
Common Wolf Snake

Common Wolf Snake

Last time when I saw this Common Wolf Snake (Lycodon aulicus) it was juvenile. I saw this snake on Nag Panchami Day a day of revering snakes ;) . I am not really sure it is the same snake or any of of its brethren. But surely it had grown up and developed a nice bands which made this non-poisonous look like poisonous snake Banded Krait. This was a nice example of Batesian Mimicry.

Close up of the head

Close up of the head

These bands were not visible in the juvenile which I photographed earlier. Snake was as easy to handle as before without showing any aggressiveness.

Common Wolf Snake

Common Wolf Snake

I photographed and released the snake back in my backyard, so that I will have another glimpse few days or weeks later.

EXIF info...

Aperture:ƒ/11

Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Taken:28 July, 2009

Flash fired:yes

Focal length:100mm

ISO:100

Location:13° 4′ 1.799760012″ N 74° 59′ 44.3148003132″ E

Shutter speed:1/200s

Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.
EXIF info...

Aperture:ƒ/11

Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Taken:28 July, 2009

Flash fired:yes

Focal length:100mm

ISO:100

Location:13° 4′ 1.799760012″ N 74° 59′ 44.3148003132″ E

Shutter speed:1/200s

Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.
EXIF info...

Aperture:ƒ/11

Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Taken:28 July, 2009

Flash fired:yes

Focal length:100mm

ISO:100

Location:13° 4′ 1.799760012″ N 74° 59′ 44.3148003132″ E

Shutter speed:1/200s

Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.

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Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife | Comments (5)

5 Responses to “Common Wolf Snake”

  1. shiva Says:

    Very nice closeup shots.

    I see blue scales, mostly where the light reflected in particular angle. Is it a light effect or it is the color of those scales?

  2. drkrishi Says:

    Shiva, Those are iridescent scales, which reflected light off my macro flash. Diffuse soft light would have been the best bet in photographing snake. I am still experimenting to get that great soft light while having the flexibility to be mobile. Macro light is not the most flattering light in this situation. I think 580EX with diffuser on a flash bracket may be better solution.
    Krishna Mohan

  3. Dr.Pradeep Raj Says:

    Hi Dr.Krishi,
    Nice photos
    It is Travancore wolf snake (Lycodon travancoricus) not Common wolf snake (Lycodon aulicus)

  4. Mohith Says:

    Coll photos doc. How did you recognize him to be Wolf snake ? . For the untrained eye this is a Common Krait.
    Is there any distinguishable visual feature ? If this snake was seen by other people he would have been killed, mistaking him to be Common krait.

  5. sushant soni Says:

    I really want to be a wild life photographer if any one can help me then plz give me a chance i have also captured some photos if u want to see so plz contact me……………

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