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The buff striped keelback (Amphiesma stolatum) is a species of nonvenomous colubrid snake found across Asia. It is the sole species of genus Amphiesma. It is a typically nonaggressive snake that feeds on frogs and toads. It belongs to the subfamily Natricinae, and is closely related to water snakes and grass snakes. It resembles an Asian version of the American garter snake. It is quite a common snake but is rarely seen. Keelbacks are oviparous. Mating is thought to take place during the aestivation period. Gravid females have been found from April to August and eggs are laid in underground holes from May to September. The snake lays a clutch of 5 to 10 pure white eggs. Females remain with eggs till they hatch. The young snakes are 13 to 17 cm at birth and eat small frogs, tadpoles, fish, earthworms and insects.#wild  #wildkarnataka  #hampi  #karnataka #wildkarnataka  #karnatakafocus  #wildlife_india #wildlife_photography  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifeofindia  #snakes  #catsnake #snakesofinstagram  #wildsnakes  #snakeofindia #wildlifephoto  #wildlife_shots  #wildlifepictures #snakesofindia  #snakesofkarnataka  #snakesofinsta #wildindia  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo #indianwildlifeofficial  #nikond5300  #nikonindiaofficial 

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The Jewel of Hampi- The Stone Chariot The chariot was built by King Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire during the 16th century, who got fascinated with the Konark Sun temple chariot while fighting a battle in Odissa. The chariot is meant to represent the beauty and artistic perfection of the Empire. An interesting folklore emanates from the Hampi chariot as villagers believe that the world would come to a halt when the chariot moves from its place. It has come to have a sacrosanct presence and is internationally recognized as a world heritage site even by the UNESCO. In mythology Lord Vittala is an aspect of Lord Vishnu (See Gods of Hampi and Mythology of Hampi). Garuda (lord of eagles) is the vehicle (mount) of Lord Vishnu. The Stone Chariot once contained the icon on Garuda, though the shrine is empty now. This shrine is in the axis of the massive Vittala Temple and faces the sanctum of Vittala Temple. It may appear to you (and sometimes even referred to) as a monolithic structure. In reality this stone shrine was built with many giant granite blocks. The joints are smartly hidden in the carvings and other decorative features that adorn the Stone Chariot. The chariot is built on a rectangular platform of a feet or so high. All around this base platform is carved with mythical battle scenes. Though the chariot is not resting on it, the four giant wheels attached mimic the real life ones complete with the axis shafts and even the brakes. A series of concentric floral motifs decorate the wheels. It appears from the marks on the platform, where the wheels rest, the wheels were free to move around the axis. You can still see the remains of the painting on the carvings of the chariot. Probably because it was relatively protected from the natural weather elements, the undercarriage of the chariot spots one of the best preserved specimens of this kind of paintings. It is believed the whole of the Vittala Temple’s sculptures were once beautifully #natgeoyourshot  #hampi  #stone  #nature  #history  #karnatakafocus  #karnataka  #instagood  #india  #historyfacts  #monument  #natgeo  #photography  #unescoworldheritage  #unesco  #vijayanagara  #world  #heritage  #worldheritage 

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Wildlife week#wildlifeweek  Hump nosed pit viper(Hypnale hypnale) Its build is that of a typical viperid with a stout body and a wide head. The snout is pointed and turned upwards, ending in a hump. The frontal, supraoculars, and parietal shields are large, but those on the snout are small and irregular. The color pattern is grayish with heavy brown mottling, overlaid with a double row of large dark spots. The belly is brownish or yellowish with dark mottling. The tip of the tail is yellow or reddish. H. hypnale is active during early morning and night. It spends the day in leaf litter and thick bushes. This species can be found on the stream side basking during the sunrise. Although it is a slow mover, it is capable of fast strikes. It has an irritable disposition and will vibrate its tail when annoyed, a behavior it has in common with other pit vipers, especially rattlesnakes of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus. It has been described as nocturnal, terrestrial, and aggressive when disturbed.It is the snake to cause the highest number of recorded snake bites in Sri Lanka.#wildkarnataka  #karnatakafocus  #wildlife_india #wildlife_photography  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifeofindia  #snakes  #catsnake #snakesofinstagram  #wildsnakes  #snakeofindia #wildlifephoto  #wildlife_shots  #wildlifepictures #snakesofindia  #snakesofkarnataka  #snakesofinsta #wildindia  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo #indianwildlifeofficial  #nikond5300  #nikonindiaofficial #agumbe  #westrenghats  #explorewildindia  #wildindia  #explorewildindiamagazine 

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Wildlife week#wildlifeweek  Malabar pit viper Orange morph Trimeresurus malabaricus, commonly known as Malabar pit viper, Malabar rock pit viper,or rock viper, is a venomous pit viper species endemicto the Western Ghats of southwestern India. No subspecies are currently recognized. The species is endemic to Western Ghatsmountains, occurring along the southern and western India at 600–2,000 metres (2,000–6,600 ft) elevation. The type locality is the Western Ghats of southwestern India.It inhabits riparian forests and is very partial to hill streams and torrents, situated within dense wet rainforests, sometimes also evergreen and deciduous forests, where it may be found on the ground, on rocks present in streambeds, on low vegetation, or in shrubs. Many different colour morphs are known to exist, including colours such as yellow, green,orange, red, blue and brown. Shown here is a orange colour morph with pattern. The Malabar pit viper is nocturnal and usually inactive in the day, sometimes seen basking on rocks or trees near streams. It is more commonly encountered during the monsoon months. The species preys upon frogs, lizards, nestling birds, musk shrews, mice and other small animals.#wildkarnataka  #karnatakafocus  #wildlife_india #wildlife_photography  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifeofindia  #snakes  #catsnake #snakesofinstagram  #wildsnakes  #snakeofindia #wildlifephoto  #wildlife_shots  #wildlifepictures #snakesofindia  #snakesofkarnataka  #snakesofinsta #wildindia  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo #indianwildlifeofficial  #nikond5300  #nikonindiaofficial #agumbe  #westrenghats  #explorewildindia  #wildindia  #explorewildindiamagazine 

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Wildlife week#wildlifeweek  Common cat snake Boiga trigonata, commonly known as the Indian gamma snake or common cat snake, is a species of rear-fanged colubrid endemic to South Asia. B. trigonata has a yellowish-olive or pale grey colour along the back and a white black-edged zigzag band along the length of the head with two brown bands edged with black, diverging posteriorly. The belly is white and can have a series of small brown spots along each side. Boiga trigonata strongly resembles venomous Echis carinatus in coloration and shape. Also, in India, these two species have almost identical geographic ranges.#wildlifeweek  #wildsnakes  #wildindia  #wildkarnataka  #wildlifeofindia  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear  #wildlifephotography  #wild  #karnatakawildlife  #karnatakafocus  #karnataka  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo  #nature  #namm #nammatumkuru  #nikon  #nikonindiaofficial  #snakesofdevarayanadurga  #snakesofindia  #snakeofindia  #snakes  #catsnake  #cats  #indiansnakes  #indianwildlifephotography  #instadaily  #india 

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Wildlife week#wildlifeweek  Green vine snake (ಹಸಿರು ಹಾವು, ಹಸಿರು ಬಳ್ಳಿ ಹಾವು) Perfect camouflage Ahaetulla nasuta, also known as common vine snake and long-nosed whip snake, is a slender green tree snake found in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The green vine snake is diurnal and mildly venomous. This arboreal snake normally feeds on frogs and lizards using its binocular vision to hunt. They are slow moving, relying on camouflaging as a vine in foliage. The snake expands its body when disturbed to show a black and white scale marking. Also, they may open their mouth in threat display and point their head in the direction of the perceived threat. The ingredients of the venom are unknown. The venom is moderately potent and can cause swelling, pain, bruising, numbness and other local symptoms, which will subside within three days. Bites close to the head, eyes and other vital areas could be severe.#greenvinesnake  #snakesofdevarayanadurga  #snakesofindia  #snakeofindia  #snakes  #instagood  #instadaily  #indianwildlifephotography  #indianjungle  #india  #indiansnakes  #tumkur  #karnatakawildlife  #karnatakafocus  #karnataka  #nammakarnatakawildlife  #nammatumkuru  #nammakarnataka  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo  #nature  #naturephotography  #wildlifeweek  #wildkarnataka  #wildindia  #wild  #nikon 

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Wildlife week#wildlifeweek  Nephila pilipes (northern golden orb weaver or giant golden orb weaver) It is commonly found in primary and secondary forests and gardens. Females are large and grow to a body size of 30–50 mm (overall size up to 20 cm), with males growing to 5–6 mm. It is the largest of the orb-weaving spiders apart from the recently discovered Nephila komaci, and one of the biggest spiders in the world. Raglai people in Vietnamese Bình Thuận Province consume the spiders after roasting, and consider them a healthy food source.#wildindia  #wildkarnataka  #wildlifeofindia  #wildlifepictures  #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifephotography  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear  #wild  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo  #nature  #naturephotography  #nammakarnatakawildlife  #nammakarnataka  #nammatumkuru  #karnatakafocus  #karnataka  #instadaily  #indianwildlifephotography  #indianjungle  #india  #spiders  #nikon  #nikonindiaofficial 

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Wildlife week#wildlifeweek  Saw scaled viper They have a characteristic threat display, rubbing sections of their body together to produce a "sizzling" warning sound.The name Echis is the Latin transliteration of the Greek word for "viper" (ἔχις). Their common name is "saw-scaled vipers" and they include some of the species responsible for causing the most snakebite cases and deaths in the world.Twelve species are currently recognized.#wildkarnataka  #karnatakafocus  #wildlife_india #wildlife_photography  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifeofindia  #snakes  #catsnake #snakesofinstagram  #wildsnakes  #snakeofindia #wildlifephoto  #wildlife_shots  #wildlifepictures #snakesofdevarayanadurga  #snakesofdevarayanadurga #snakesofindia  #snakesofkarnataka  #snakesofinsta #wildindia  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo #indianwildlifeofficial  #nikond5300  #nikonindiaofficial 

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Wildlife week#wildlifeweek  Hanuman langur is a genus of Old World monkeys native to the Indian subcontinent.Traditionally only one species Semnopithecus entellus was recognized, but since about 2001 additional species have been recognized. The taxonomy has been in flux, but currently eight species are recognized. They sleep during the night in trees but also on man-made structures like towers and electric poles when in human settlements.When resting in trees, they generally prefer the highest branches. Ungulates like bovine and deer will eat food dropped by foraging langurs.Langurs are preyed upon by leopards, dholes and tigers.Wolves, jackals, Asian black bears and pythons may also prey on langurs.#sunset  #devarayanadurga  #tumkur  #karnatakawildlife  #karnatakafocus  #karnataka  #instagood  #instadaily  #indianwildlifephotography  #indianwildlifeofficial  #indianjungle  #natgeo  #natgeoyourshot  #nature  #wildlifepictures  #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifephotography  #wildlifephotography  #wildindia  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear  #wildlifephoto  #wildlife_shots  #wildkarnataka  #wild 

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The family!! Story:@_manu_prince  and myself were on the way to devarayanadurga, all of a sudden our vehicle stopped and decided not to start!! Hence we were pushing it back to tumkur. There was some noise in the bushes, so we stopped. A mangose came out slowly, stood in the middle of the road, gave us a stare, and went back to the same bush where she came from!! We took our cameras out, hoping that she'll come back.....and ya she did, but this time she was not alone, but with her 3 kiddos!! She safely crossed the road and disappeared in the woods. Please ride/drive slow in the forest areas, your negligence can kill the whole family!! #wildlifephotography  #nature  #naturephotography #portrait  #instagood  #instadaily #indianwildlifephotography  #amazinganimals #indianjungle  #nature  #indianwildlifeofficial #nammakarnatakawildlife  #karnatakawildlife #travelkarnataka  #colorsoflife  #natureinfocus  #natgeo  #wildkarnataka #nikonasia  #bbcearth  #wildlifephotography #naturephotography  #wildlifeofindia  #karnataka  #india  #tumkur  #natgeoyourshot  #picoftheday  #pictureoftheday  #imageoftheday  #nikon 

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Elliott's shieldtail Uropeltis ellioti, commonly known as Elliot's earth snake, is a species of snake in the family Uropeltidae. The species is endemic to India. The dorsum of U. ellioti is dark brown, either uniform or with yellow dots. There is a yellow stripe on each side of the neck, and a yellow stripe on each side of the tail. The venter is dark brown with small yellow dots, and there is a yellow transverse bar across the vent, which connects the stripes on the sides of the tail. The snout is pointed. The rostral is about ⅓ the length of the shielded part of the head, the portion visible from above longer than its distance from the frontal. The nasals are in contact with each other behind the rostral. The eye is very small, less than half the length of the ocular shield. The diameter of the body goes 25 to 32 times in the total length. The ventrals are nearly twice as large as the contiguous scales. The end of the tail is convex or somewhat flattened dorsally. The dorsal scales of the tail have 3 to 6 strong keels. The terminal scute has a transverse ridge and two points.#wildkarnataka  #karnatakafocus  #wildlife_india #wildlife_photography  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifeofindia  #snakes  #nammakarnataka  #snakesofinstagram  #snakes  #india   #snakeofindia #wildlifephoto  #wildlife_shots  #wildlifepictures  #snakesofdevarayanadurga #snakesofindia  #snakesofkarnataka  #snakesofinsta #wildindia  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo #indianwildlifeofficial  #nikon  #nikonindiaofficial #nature 

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BEFORE SCROLLING DOWN PLEASE SPEND A MOMENT ON READING THIS.... . . This old man lost his both eyes at the age of 75 and he couldn't afford a treatment for his blindness, hence he decided to lead the rest of his life in darkness. Both his sons were not ready to take care of a blind old man. But, his puppy did not give up on him. . Now the old man is in his 90s, from that day till now his dog takes him to the places where he wants to go, the only thing he has to do is .....just take the name of the place, and the dog will take him to the exact place which he named. Old man says, he is happy that his sons refused to take care of him since they could not have took such a good care of him like his dog, and he is lucky to have a dog like this because it became light in his darkness!!! . This unusual and cute friendship made my day. Size of a dog’s heart might be smaller than that of a human, but, love, care, and loyalty in its heart is wayyyyy bigger than ours. It's my humble request, please treat animals in a respectful manner, because they deserve it!! ANIMALS are showing HUMANITY but just think being HUMANS are we showing HUMANITY!!?? . #dogs  #humanity  #dog  #puppies  #india  #karnataka  #tumkur  #nammatumkuru  #natgeoyourshot  #karnatakafocus  #coloursofindia  #nature  #photography  #wild  #animals  #animalrights  #nammakarnataka  #dharshan  #dboss  #shadowsofindia  #mobilephotography #portrait  #love  #instagood  #photooftheday  #cute  #picoftheday  #smile  #instadaily 

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Malabar pit viper, green morph FULL BRIGHTNESS FOR BETTER VIEW Trimeresurus malabaricus, commonly known as Malabar pit viper, Malabar rock pit viper,or rock viper, is a venomous pit viper species endemicto the Western Ghats of southwestern India. No subspecies are currently recognized. The species is endemic to Western Ghatsmountains, occurring along the southern and western India at 600–2,000 metres (2,000–6,600 ft) elevation. The type locality is the Western Ghats of southwestern India.It inhabits riparian forests and is very partial to hill streams and torrents, situated within dense wet rainforests, sometimes also evergreen and deciduous forests, where it may be found on the ground, on rocks present in streambeds, on low vegetation, or in shrubs. Many different colour morphs are known to exist, including colours such as yellow, green,orange, red, blue and brown. Shown here is a green colour morph with pattern. The Malabar pit viper is nocturnal and usually inactive in the day, sometimes seen basking on rocks or trees near streams. It is more commonly encountered during the monsoon months. The species preys upon frogs, lizards, nestling birds, musk shrews, mice and other small animals.#wildkarnataka  #karnatakafocus  #wildlife_india #wildlife_photography  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifeofindia  #snakes  #catsnake #snakesofinstagram  #wildsnakes  #snakeofindia #wildlifephoto  #wildlife_shots  #wildlifepictures #snakesofindia  #snakesofkarnataka  #snakesofinsta #wildindia  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo #indianwildlifeofficial  #nikond5300  #nikonindiaofficial #agumbe  #westrenghats  #explorewildindia  #wildindia  #explorewildindiamagazine 

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Bamboo pit viper juvenile (Full brightness for good view) Trimeresurus gramineus, known as the bamboo pit viper, Indian green pit viper, or common green pit viper,is a venomous pit viper species found in the southern and north eastern parts of India. T.gramineus is arboreal and nocturnal. When threatened, it is aggressive and does not hesitate to bite. The venom is hemotoxic and neurotoxic.It feeds on lizards and birds.It is found in bamboo groves and forests, usually near streams. T. gramineus is ovoviviparous. Adult females gives birth to 6 to 11 young, which measure up to 4.5 in (110 mm) in length.#wildkarnataka  #karnatakafocus  #wildlife_india #wildlife_photography  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifeofindia  #snakes  #catsnake #snakesofinstagram  #wildsnakes  #snakeofindia #wildlifephoto  #wildlife_shots  #wildlifepictures #snakesofdevarayanadurga  #snakesofindia  #snakesofkarnataka  #snakesofinsta #wildindia  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo #indianwildlifeofficial  #nikond5300  #nikonindiaofficial #bamboo  #pit  #viper  #pitviper 

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Indian tree frog These frogs measure about 7–8 cm in body length. They are mostly brownish, yellowish, greyish, or whitish above, with darker spots or markings, rarely with an hourglass-shaped figure on the back of the head and the front of the back. The loreal and temporal regions are dark; there is a light line on the upper lip. The hind side of the thighs has round, yellow spots, which are usually separated by a dark-brown or purplish network. The skin is smooth above, and granulated on the belly and under the thighs; a fold extends from the eye to the shoulder. Males have internal vocal sacs. The fingers are barely webbed, and the toes are two-thirds webbed. The disks of fingers and toes are moderately developed; that of the third finger measures two-fifths to one-half the diameter of the eye. The subarticular tubercles are of moderate size. When the hind leg is held alongside the body, the tibiotarsal articulation reaches the eye, or between the eye and the tip of the snout.#wildkarnataka  #karnatakafocus  #wildlife_india #wildlife_photography  #wildlifephotographyoftheyear #wildlifeperfection  #wildlifeofindia #wildlifephoto  #wildlife_shots  #wildlifepictures #wildindia  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeo #indianwildlifeofficial  #nikond5300  #nikonindiaofficial  #frogsofinstagram  #frog  #frogsofindia  #frogs  #frogsofkarnataka  #explorewildindiamagazine  #wildindia  #nammatumakuru  #nammakarnataka  #karnataka  #wildlifephotography 

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