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18 / Nov / 2009
For your eyes only!
Green Vine Snake, Coorg Photograph: Vijay Rao Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

For your eyes only!

Very few people have seen this sleek, green beauty up close. Those who do manage it haven’t seen her again. Or seen again, if one were to go by a popular myth in southern India. For the green vine snake is reckoned to strike you blind with her arrow-like head if you poke your nose, uninvited, into her affairs. Case of an eyeโ€“catching beauty with a difference? Fact is, this snake is very small and usually stays well camouflaged, minding her own business, thinking about how to maintain that size zero figure. But since she’s so slim, vine-like and part of the foliage, one tends to get closer than normal if one wishes to make a closer acquaintance. This proximity is, however, something our reptilian friend prefers to do without. She warns you not to get too close by rearing up and opening her jaws to look more formidable. Sometimes, telltale black and white stripes also appear, to warn of her mood. But then, she is a real stunner and love can be blind. When all her warnings are ignored, this beauty strikes at whatever is closest in her view, which often happens to be the eye of the beholder. Hence the myth, and the fearful reputation that this otherwise gentle snake has earned. So remember, the next time you’re in Coorg and see a svelte siren dressed all in green, you’ll know better than to give her the eye.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Somanna. J. J says:

    Awesome picture… speechless…!!!

  2. Rajeev Raghavan says:

    I never thought I would look at a snake more closely than this!! What a brilliant photograph… Thank you Mr. Vijay for showing us unfortunate city dwellers the beauties of Mother nature… I’m also immensely enjoying the Jugalbandhi between the photographs and the articles that accompany them …

  3. Radhika says:

    Stunningly beautiful photo….excellent capture of detail…the eye pupil..just briiliant

  4. Jagadish Bopaiah M says:

    what beautiful picture thanks to Vijay Rao to share with us picture

  5. S. Devanand says:

    The pic and the copy are absolutely mind-blowing! Extremely racy, humorous style of writing. Makes one shudder to think that such a beautiful, timid-looking creature can turn you into Cyclops in a millionth of a second…. eeek!

  6. S.Ramaswamy says:

    Breath taking photograph matched only by the lively write up. There is a running battle between the The photographs and the write ups for getting one’s vote.

  7. praseeda says:

    elegant beauty..crisp writing..lyrical photography..thumbs up to the photographer..and three cheers for the artist who created her..!!

  8. chinthana says:

    Brilliant photograph… have never found snakes too beautiful, considering that I have always found them a little slimy… but hats off to the photographer for capturing this.

  9. Sajan says:

    Such a fascinating creature. Makes one want to see it so much and at the same time pray one doesn’t cross your path! considering this, makes this blog a wonderful way to learn, experience and respect nature. Vijay Rao is pure genius with the camera ! Thanks to all involved with this initative ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. S. Devanand says:

    Mind-blowing pic and fabulous, tongue-in-cheek humourous copy! Way to go, sir!

  11. Kiran Raju says:

    Green Vine Snake…What a photography…I always thought, snakes are the most beautiful ones in reptiles. Superb photography!

  12. Srikanth K says:

    Stunning photography, and equally attention-grabbing write-up…What a way to know interesting facts about these little-known critters! Keep them coming….

  13. Benia Varghese says:

    Real Close…. What a photgraphy and real good description down below, removing the myth behind the Slim beauty among the rep’s. Keep doing the good work.

  14. Anjita says:

    I didnt know I’d be drawn to read something about a snake which I considered, slimy and gross….Well I did and enjoyed the write up as always…the write up adds a Zing to the oh! so perfect picture ๐Ÿ™‚ . ….. Simbly suberb!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Diwakaran Nair says:

    Outstanding photo. What eyes!!! Camera wizardry by Mr.Vijay Rao. Congrats sir!
    Wonderful write up, as usual. Nice story thought, and very witty wrap up line.
    Lifescapes is getting better and better with age:-)
    Keep it up Orange County.

  16. Andrew George says:

    Dear Ones,
    Thank you for this article and super photography! My children enjoyed it and we will be careful not to trespass it when we do come there.
    God bless!

  17. beena says:

    amazing pic…..although snakes fascinate us we never have the nerve to have a closer look..have seen these snakes in Shivamogga..many years ago ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Rajani says:

    One of the best photos of Green Vine Snake that I have ever seen. You have succeeded in maintaining the details. Excellent work Vijay!

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  20. Pinak says:

    Best of the photographs I have ever seen.. Wondeerful shot by Vijay…:)

  21. Pranesh says:

    Amazing shot !!! Attention to detail is tremendous…

  22. Vidyalakshmi Madhu says:

    Wow…….Bro !!

  23. Sonia says:

    Truly a stunning snake… Very fascinating to Imagine the amazing camouflage this snake brings about with the nature…. Wish I could see it right away!!… Enjoyed reading the write-up too.

  24. Sumantics says:

    This is BREATHTAKINGLY gorgeous – kudos to the photographer! He deserves an award for this.

  25. Teenal says:

    Stunning photo

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