Papuan Taipan

ANIMAL PORTRAIT

In southern New Guinea the distinctive copper-red vertebral stripe of the formidably beautiful Papuan Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus) emits a clear warning that this is not an animal to trifle with. Tragically, taipans kill hundreds of men, women and children in Papua New Guinea and West Papua each year.
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens, 1/125, f25, ISO 100, Canon Speedlite 430EX on Canon Off-Camera Shoe Cord, Hoya 58mm HMC Skylight 1B filter, handheld; captive animal shot under controlled conditions without a barrier

by David Williams, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea