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How To Identify The Viper by Sapphiresenthiss How To Identify The Viper by Sapphiresenthiss
WARNING: A venomous, dangerous animal, that can endanger human's life or health!


Actually 99 people per 100 (or I can tell that even 199 per 200) can't distinguish the real viper from the three other reptiles that are taken for it - Slow-Worm, Grass Snake and Smooth Snake. Those three above, though absolutely harmless, are killed every year by uneducated cruel people.

So here, guys, you have photos of real viper (Vipera berus, the grey coloration), venomous, but not really likely to attack, until someone, for example, stomps on it ;)

1. Viper, like most of venomous snakes, has slit - like cat's ones - not round pupils.
2. Vipera berus can be seen in three colorations(!): grey [link], brown [link] and black [link] and they can vary in brightness, color intense, etc. - can be a lighter grey or a darker gray viper for example. On the photos is the grey coloration.
3. They are very useful and that's one of the reasons they shouldn't be destroyed - they eat pests such as mice!
4. If you show them respect that all animals need, don't tease them or try to catch them, they won't attack you.



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First off i will be focusing more on the idea behind the pictures rather than the pictures themselves.

I am by no means a professional photographer and logically can´t offer proper feedback for such great shots. However the photographs have incredible focus and portray the snake´s lethal beauty. Since many snakes are uncomfortable being exposed so openly it must have been all the harder to get good shots as it slithers around, not even mentioning handling a Viper.

The choice of pictures itself is nearly flawless, the three poses from above clearly display the snake´s back pattern which is doubtlessly the most distinctive attribute of the snake. The different poses help giving an idea of proportions which can be of great importance with snake identification (while also being the angle at which we usually see the snake from) The top left shot additionally helps the viewer to understand the snake´s appearance and shape of head.

The description itself definitely needs to be more extensive. Uploading such amazing shots of the Viper is without a doubt a great way to motivate people to pay more attention and know their snakes, however I´m sure by giving a short explanation of how to differentiate the Viper from the others listed would greatly improve efficiency. (like how the Viper´s dark spots are connected while with Grass and Smooth they´re not)

There is the basic rule that poisonous snakes have triangular/pointed heads and slit pupils (which works fairly well). Maybe including something like this would also help out other snakes which are commonly mistaken.

To sum it up the pictures are of outstanding quality and allow the viewer to gain insight on a creature which he/she will (hopefully) never see from this close. The general idea could be enhanced with a longer explanation.

I hope this isn´t too long, having lived in Texas long enough i know the problematic nature with people killing innocent snakes out of sheer fear and ignorance so i greatly support your cause and can´t thank you enough for providing such great pictures. I´m sure the snakes are equally thanksful :)
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FeatherFoxEarz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Identify it's* 
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FeatherFoxEarz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very beautiful snake but sadly i cant it's breed suprisingly too cause i study animals 
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tigerwolfhawk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like snakes...
If they are nonvenomous...
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AccidentalTroll Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
My father always had a saying for snakes.
"What does it mean if a snake has slitted eyes instead of round?"
I would answer with something that was ultimately right, but now what he was looking for. To which he would quip
"It means your too damn close to the snake."

I kept that one around and pretty much lived by it.
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scarynoodle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I think it's really stupid to kill wild animals regardless of whether it's a snake or something else.

But I think in my country there aren't even that many dangerous snakes...


And I've never seen a snake with red eyes! XD That looks really cool!Llama Emoji 27 (Awesome) [V2] 

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SwiftyAndCyber Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate it when people just randomly kill snakes for no reason. I'd understand if you kill a venomous snake in your yard because you have little kids, but harmless snakes... there's no point in hurting them. 
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Inuala Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not really fond of snakes, but I wouldn't hurt them.  I'd rather have snakes than spiders in my appartment ;)

It's a good message you're sending with this picture, Sapphire.
My father almost died because a snake bit him, but that doesn't mean that snakes have to be killed like that.
We should respect them a lot more, for they are part of the nature :)
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Fireary Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
He looks like the venomous type but in my opinion he looks so beautiful. Have you seen a picture of a Atheris Hispida? They look creepy but beautiful at the same time, and apparently there is no known cure for it's venom. 
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because he was venomous ;) But I agree, they are BEAUTIFUL.

 Atheris Hispida are gorgeous. Just gorgeous.
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Desdemona-Lethe Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
I love snakes.  c:
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firekay07 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This and another reasons is why I carry a long stick when walking in the grass
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you don't hurt them though?
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firekay07 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student General Artist
No, it's just to not step on them on the tall grass. I wouldn't hurt a snake ^^
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, good then :)
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SzikraTheDragon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am of the 1%! ^^
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that!
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Aibo2 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good presentation.
And yes it is poisonous, but generally not deadly. And yes you will have to practically step on one before they bite. In most cases they will try to flee and avoid you. So there's no reason whatsoever to kill one. Not even if you have offspring, most human children do have the instinct not to approach a snake.
Though it is best they be told also. :iconhumlaplz:
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
:nod: I'd love some people to finally start understanding it.

Hehe, when I was about 5, I was holding my mother's friend's 2 metres long green python :lol:
But well, I loved all the "creepy" things all my life.
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Aibo2 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Same with me, I were catching frogs and salamanders when I were 4 or 5 years old. Today I do the same thing professionally, well not just frogs, but the waters I study are indeed the same kind. Ponds and smaller lakes.
...and at times I do indeed run into the viper, since it do eat frogs at times.
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CID228 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Beutiful shot!

I really like that you posted it in this large resolution!

The Vipera berus is pretty common around where I live, as is the Grass snake ('Natrix natrix') and the Slow worm ('Anguis fragilis' ..wich isn't a snake, rather a legless lizard). The Smooth snake ('Coronella austriaca') is more common further south, but I've seen a few here around Stockholm, Sweden.

I believe the Smooth snake is the one most often confused with a Vipera Berus, though both species are protected (..as are all snakes in Sweden), and should never have to be killed by humans.

The main way of distinguishing the kind is from the pupils, as the Vipera berus has a slit one, as opposed to the other ones having a roundshaped pupil. Also the general shape of the snake and it's head can help differentiate them.
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
Awesome, all the reptiles in Poland are under protection too ;)
Well, I don't think that stupid people will bother themselves looking into snake's eyes to check if the pupil is round or not :iconsaphirafacepalmplz:
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CID228 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist
true ..but this deviation might give some guidance to those semi-stupid.

Stupid people will always be stupid ..until they get smart! =D
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, true!

Ahahaha, that totally cracked me up! :XD:
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juggalette57 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
See more grass snakes and slow worms where I am and I love them ^^ there so cute
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never seen a Grass Snake here, for real, even the SW are rare here, so having a viper in my garden... more than incredible ;)
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juggalette57 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Awsom ^^
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Where I live (Western Alps) is much more common the asp viper (aspis aspis) than the viper "berus". In any case, I had dozens of "encounters" with these reptiles and I must say that they are not aggressive. Just let them live in peace. Of course if you plagues them, they react!
No one should kill the vipers, because they are useful to the ecosystem and, moreover, they are protected by laws preservation of fauna in various countries.
And then, let's be honest, the vipers are less dangerous than humans ;)
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Gasp* They are beautiful!
Yep, yep, agreed. I could even touch mine and he still wouldn't react, they really aren't bad (at least mine is like a sunflower)!

Trolololo, totally agree with your last words.
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
I would also like to add that the bad reputation that snakes have in the opinion of many people is perhaps also due to reminiscences of old fables which have laid down in our psyche.
I think particularly of the serpent tempter of Adam and Eve. :D
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed.
Well, the serpent tempter was really Lucifer/Satan/Prince of Darkness or whatever you want to call him ;) It's said that snake is one of his symbols, so... another reason that makes snakes so awesome (one of my snakes is called Samael, another one Siegel - both of those are Satan's other known names) :lol:
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
In the Book of Enoch Samael is an archangel who works as a public prosecutor in the court of God. For this he is also called "punishment of God" or "Poison of God", "The Right Hand of God" or the '"Angel Punisher".
He is the governor of the earth element: Sham-A-El. Sham, meaning light, and A, femininity or matter; El=God. The production of the phenomenon of life in the realm of matter corresponds to the work of all the Archangels of the elements, but especially of the Angel Samael.


So I'd be very careful when handling your snake Samael, aka the Poison of God, haha... even though I'm an atheist :lmao:

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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the polish version of wikipedia, SamaŽl along with Mastema, Gadriel, Satanael, Samiel and Siegel are the names of Satan - [link] ;)
I don't know how in the other sources.

Hahaha, my SamaŽl is mild as a lamb! :lmao: - [link]
Siegel, my little hognose - [link] is worse, hehehe.
Well, I'm truly fascinated by the dark side, so... yeah, I don't mind any things like that :giggle:
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Well, long life to Samael... and to you too! :)
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! ;)
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Kidomo Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Grubas :XD:
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dobrze odżywiony samiec! :XD:
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Kidomo Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Tak to się teraz mówi :XD:
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SnowWolf100 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he's gorgeous x3
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That he is :)
Beautiful animal.
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MadameMacabre87 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Wystepuje w odmianie szarej, brązowej lub najtrudniejszej do identydikacji czarnej, gdyż czesto jest wtedy mylona z zaskrońcem (niesłusznie, bo go łatwo można rozpoznac po żółtych uszach), gdyz wtedy jej zygzak mało widoczby. lubi suche miejsca, preferuje lasy iglaste. cechy charakterystyczne: wyraźnie trójkątny łeb, zwijanie w S, kiedy czuje się zagrożone (inne krajowe jak esculappa, zaskrońce czy gniewosze przewaznie uciekają i nie przybieraja tej pozy).

Pozdrowienia od sztukniętej biolożki.
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: Oszałamiająco piękne zwierzę.
Miło widzieć, że ktoś tu podziela moją pasję :lol:
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MadameMacabre87 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
W moim przypadku to już zboczenie zawodowe => jestem magister ochrony środowiska ;)
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A no to super praca ;) Zazdroszczę!
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MadameMacabre87 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Jeszcze nie praca, tylko tytuł zawodowy ;)
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaa, wszystko jedno, i tak super ;)
Wężami jadowitymi też się zajmujecie?
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MadameMacabre87 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Wszystkim co chronione i rzadkie, a wszystkie gady i płazy polski chronione :D
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaa, to bardzo fajna sprawa =D
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's true, they won't bite, not if they can avoid it or outslither ye -

met a few & they have simply oozed away ... Apart from the colour,

it's the only defence they have. - Just watch your step and it's fine.

(... My aunt though had no mercy ...)
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed! Even when I touch mine (of course not with my hand!) it doesn't attack.
People just panic because of almost nothing.
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BH-Stables Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful beast :heart: so bad that peoples are afraid of them without knowing how animals really act...
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