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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.

:iconstop1plz::iconstop2plz::iconstop3plz::iconstop4plz: CAN USE IF --> [link]
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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* 
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 
tigerwolfhawk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like snakes...
If they are nonvenomous...
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.
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] 

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. 
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 :)
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. 
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.
Desdemona-Lethe Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
I love snakes.  c:
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