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    Posted: 01 Apr 2013 at 6:31pm
Well where have all the biggies gone , with people like me and experts like Rob I would have thought some one would have managed to have verified and photoed a 5 footer by NOW ,or is it that the survival pattern has been shortened due to habitat loss thus only living to a medium size and dont get old enough to get big?? Keith
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Hi Keith,
 
here is a pic of how big Grassies can get if they are allowed somewhere without disturbance.
 
I just think that as they get bigger so it gets harder for them to conceal themselves against dogs etc and with the numbers of dogs a lot of the larger ones must get preyed upon simply because there is nowwhere large enough to hide them. Except on the bigger lakes, but even then a dog will likely jump in to retrieve.
 
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Rob,
 
How long was this one exactly? (is that Warwick Davis in the background)?
 
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Rob, Was this photo taken in England? What a huge snake!

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Hi guys,
 
no Paul's it was taken in Lithuania! And its looooonnnnnng, I'd say 71/2 foot at a guess. The caption said it was feigning death which would explain the tensed look in its upper body.
 
Don't know who it was but I don't think he was English...
 
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I've mentioned before about the long grassies in the Lake District when I lived there in the 1960s. Sure things change, but I expect there are still plenty off the beaten track. 
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Hi Suz,
 
would you be able to PM me with a few of the likely places you have in mind, its such a big place, its difficult to know where to start!
 
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Originally posted by Robert V Robert V wrote:

 And its looooonnnnnng, I'd say 71/2 foot at a guess. 

If that snake is 7.5 feet long, then the stick it's hanging from is more than 1.5 inches across (the snake is about 1070 pixels long, the stick is about 20 pixels wide). It would also mean that the guy on the right has a really, really, huge hand.

I'd be surprised if it was more than 4 foot at most.




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Dont forget they can make even make men look bigger in porn photos not that ive seen any
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2013 at 2:07pm

ignoring Keith's comment...  Caleb's remarks reminded me of this photo from the fieldherping website from last year, in which the the 'Angler's Photo' effect was discussed with a Dahl's whip snake (max length around 1m) - same idea, perhaps, that a snake can be made to look bigger than it actually is by putting it nearer the lens (having said that, I'm sure the Lithuanian grassie is a big 'unSmile)


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