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Eyelash Pit Viper

This is an Eyelash pit viper that I found in Costa Rica. In this shot you can clearly see one of its heat sensitive pits between the eye and nose. These pits give the viper a sixth sense which it uses to detect warm-blooded prey. A snake like this can deliver a potentially lethal dose of venom through its large, hypodermic needle-like fangs that are kept folded back against the roof of its mouth. Needless to say, when taking this shot I was careful not to let my warm-blooded fingers get within striking range!

Date Taken: 03 Jun 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Exposure Time: 1/125s
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 320
Focal Length: 100mm
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