Joe McDonald's

Wildlife Photography

Venomous Snakes and

Reptiles of the World




Hooding Indian or spectacled cobra filmed in our studio and not behind glass. Cobras are among our most popular subjects and we usually have a few on hand for filming. However, cobras are difficult to shoot since many will not cooperate by staying still and hooding. Generally, a few (or one) do so, and everyone gets their shots, but we make it clear that hooding cobras are not guaranteed.
We will not do anything that's risky to the handlers (that should be obvious) or that is harmful or detrimental to the specimens. All subjects are warm and active -- we do not chill any reptile down for easier (and unnatural-looking) filming.




Emerald tree boa, a beautiful species of arboreal boa found in northern South America. A similar looking species, the Green Tree Python, is another frequent subject of our shoots. The two look remarkably alike and are a great illustration of convergent evolution, where two unrelated species adapt to their environments in similar ways and grow to resemble one another.



The trick to getting this type of photo is having someone crazy enough to help you get the snake inside the basket!





A flapnecked chameleon. We've filmed four or five species during these shoots, including Jackson's, Panther, and Veiled chameleons. In our Advanced Nature Photo Courses we illustrate how you can capture chameleon's feeding, with their tongue's fully extended.




In addition to the venomous snakes typical of this shoot, we've also filmed chinese water dragons, sail fin agamas, bearded lizards, leopard- fat-tailed- house- white striped- and Tokay geckos, gila monsters, beaded lizards, and more.






One of my favorite subjects is the plumed basilisk. Like the common brown or crested basilisk, this brilliant green species can run on water. Although there will not be an opportunity to film a basilisk running on water, you could learn how to do so at one of our Advanced Nature Photo Courses.





On occasion, we have a hungry and bold snake and suitably colored brown or gray mice that can be fed to the snake while photographers film. This gaboon viper ate two mice in a row -- and although it looks like the mouse is reclining, it surely is not!


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