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Close-up photos of a snake about to shed

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 | 1 comment

In the evening I noticed that the snake I keep as a pet, a Tolucan ground snake (Conopsis lineata) was close to another shedding: both eyes looked cloudy or milky and the color of the body was closer to brown then the "plastic grey" it normally is. I decided to take a few close-up photos with my new Canon PowerShot A640.

Close-up of a Tolucan ground snake (Conopsis lineata) about to shed.
Close-up of a Tolucan ground snake (Conopsis lineata) about to shed.

The above photo I took from inside the enclosure I keep the snake in. Thanks to the rotating display of the Canon PowerShot A640 I could perfectly see the snake in the LCD viewer. I rested the camera on a stone in the terrarium, and focussed on the eye of the animal and pressed the shutter button.

Close-up of a Tolucan ground snake (Conopsis lineata) about to shed.
Close-up of a Tolucan ground snake (Conopsis lineata) about to shed.

Shortly after I took the first photo the Tolucan ground snake moved back between the volcanic stones it uses as a hiding place and was gone from view. But after some time it again showed up, this time close to the glass, so I had to take the above photo through the glass of its enclosure.

Compared to older close-up photos I made with the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S600: Milky eyes the Canon PowerShot A640 is without a doubt the winner. The manual controls and the excellent macro mode - both major reasons to me for purchasing this camera - are what I already have become to love a lot despite the former still being overwhelming to me.

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