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Emirates Post, in association with Dubai Municipality’s Public Parks & Horticulture Department, Zoo Management, has issued special stamps on Desert Snakes of the UAE, in 5 denominations of Dh1, 150 Fils, Dh 3, Dh4 and 550 Fils, along with a souvenir sheet of Dh 25.
The stamps feature the Arabian horned viper, the carpet viper, the Arabian rearfang, Sochurek’s saw-scaled viper and the sand boa.
Emirates Post is delighted to support efforts in preserving the unique desert fauna of the UAE through these beautiful stamps.
This is part of our move to spread awareness of the rich animal life in the desert and highlight the need to value and preserve it, for the larger benefit of environmental conservation,” said Ibrahim Bin Karam, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Post Group.

Sand Boa One of the smallest boa species , the Arabian sand boa is the only boa found in south-east Arabia, and one of the most common snakes in the UAE.
Boas are one of the most primitive snake groups.
Rarely encountered by man, the harmless and nocturnal Arabian sand boa lives almost permanently under the desert sand.
It's locomotion is relatively slow , and in order to catch prey it must rely on ambush.
When prey strays too near, the boa strikes, coiling its muscular body around its victim and tightening its grip until the animal can no longer breathe or circulate blood.
The boa;s prey mainly comprises small reptiles which it can easily swallow whole, such as geckos and worm lizards. Unlike most boas, which give birth to live young, the Arabian sand boa is one of only three boa species that lay eggs.

Arabian Horned ViperActive from dusk until dawn, and well-camouflaged amongst the sand and rocks, the most obvious sign of the Arabian horned viper's presence is usually the sinuous tracks it leaves while employing its sidewinding method of locomotion . This species is an efficient predator and uses both active pursuit as well as ambush to capture prey. It buries its body and head beneath the sand using rapid side-to-side wriggling, until only the eyes and snout are exposed. The snake then lays in wait for prey such as lizards, small birds and rodents to approach, before striking with lightning speed and injecting the animal with its powerful venom . The venom acts quickly, killing a house sparrow in 27 to 90 seconds, at which point the snake swallows its victim whole . Despite its deadly capabilities, the Arabian horned viper falls prey to larger predators such as desert monitors . When threatened, this species coils its body and rubs its keeled scales together to create a rasping sound, and it will also hiss and inflate its body before resorting to striking.

Sochurek's Saw-scaled Viper
Despite its relatively small size, is considered a dangerous snake, with an aggressive temperament, a lightning-fast strike and powerful venom.
This viper has large venom and long, hollow fangs that can be folded against the roof of the mouth when the mouth is shut .
An aggressive and efficient predator, it hunts mainly at night, and feeds on toads, lizards, bird eggs and nestlings.
It is easily provoked and will strike rapidly when it senses danger.
When threatened, it first assumes a characteristic defensive position, curling its body into a series of C-shaped coils which are rubbed against each other in opposite directions to produce a loud, rasping warning "hiss".

Arabian RearfangIt is named for its unusual, cobra-like defensive behavior, in which it lifts the front of the body off the ground, holds it at a angle, dilates the neck into a hood, and hisses . The head is rather elongated, and clearly distinct from the neck, with a convex forehead and a pointed snout, which protrudes over the mouth. They usually active during the day or at dawn and dusk, but may be more during the summer months. The diet is likely to include lizards, small mammals and birds . Despite the cobra-like defensive posture, which also gives rise to the alternative name of false cobra, it is not related to cobras, and is in fact only very mildly venomous, and not considered dangerous to humans .

Carpet ViperIt is a venomous snake with a relatively short, stocky body, a wide head, vertical pupils and heavily scales.
 It receives its common name from its defensive display, in which the scales are rubbed together by drawing opposing coils of the body against each other, producing a loud rasping or sawing sound. They are responsible for the greatest proportion of all snake bite fatalities in humans.
As these vipers often live in close proximity to humans and will bite with little provocation, they are considered to be among the world s most dangerous snakes.
 They are active either at night or at dawn and dusk .
Like other vipers, it is likely to hunt its prey using a sit-and-wait technique, aided by camouflaging body markings that conceal the snake from its prey.
 They feed on small mammals, frogs, toads, birds, lizards and large.
In some areas, it has a habit of perching on bushes or trees close to water, with the head pointed upwards, suggesting that it may hunt birds coming in to rest or drink .
Once a viper has struck its prey, it usually withdraws immediately and then follows its prey using chemical cues until its venom has immobilized the victim.


The 175th birth anniversary of I.N. Kramskoy (1837-1887)


{Иван Николаевич Крамской}

Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi (1837-1887)
a master of the genre, historical and portrait painting, graphic artist, art theorist, art critic, educator, organizer and ideologist of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions.


The stamp depicts a fragment of a self-portrait, IN Archaeology and a fragment of the painting
 "The Unknown."


[Vovka in the Thrice-Ninth Kingdom]

Short informative stories educate children with the following senses: love and   tenderness, courage and modesty, mutual aid and respect for each other.

Commemorative postmark

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Registration envelope

Souvenir sheet with one stamp dedicated to the emblem of Moscow.
The postage stamp dedicated to the emblem of Moscow depicts contemporary emblem of the town, on the margins of the souvenir sheet there are emblems of the following years: 1730, 1781, 1883,1924.

Skeleton is a descent down a special track with artificial freezing ice in a skeleton (a sled with tubular sledges on a reinforced frame).
Olympic skeleton competition lasts for two days.
Each athlete runs four times.
The winner is the one whose total time (in all four runs) is minimal.

The palace-and-park ensemble of Petergof was founded in the early 18th century on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.
It is in a sense a memorial of the Russian victory in the Northern War.
The palace, featured on the stamp, is a former grand residence of Peter the Great.
 The stamp also features one of the sculptures of the fountain - "Samson tearing the lion's jaws".


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Registration envelope

Heroes of domestic cartoons

The domestic cartoons are distinct in high quality and substantial already since the soviet times have received love and distinguished attention of spectators of all ages.
Serious questions are raised in a form of a game in the children’s animation.
Short informative stories educate children with the following senses: love and   tenderness, courage and modesty, mutual aid and respect for each other.
The postage stamps depict the heroes of the cartoons “A kid and Karlson”, “Maugli”, “Winnie the Pooh”, “Vovka in the Thrice-Ninth Kingdom”.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014. Winter Olympic Sports

Snowboarding is a discipline of the skiing.
The program of snowboard at the Olympic Games consists of half-pipe, parallel giant slalom, boarder-cross as well as new kinds of competitions in the Olympic program – slope style and parallel slalom. 10 sets of medals are contested among the men and women altogether.
State Awards of the Russian Federation

"Gold Star" - a special sign of distinction, which is awarded to the Heroes of the Russian Federation. Honorary title of Hero of the Russian Federation, awarded by the President of the Russian Federation for his services to the state and the people associated with the commission of a heroic feat.
 Secondary award "Gold Star" are not made.

The stamp shows the "Gold Star."

Signature Taiwan Delicacies Postage Stamps – Home Cooked Dishe

Mud Crab with Glutinous Rice Cake Maximum Card

To spotlight the extraordinary diversity of Taiwan’s delicious cuisine, and encourage international gourmands to visit Taiwan for a taste of the island’s culinary delights, Chunghwa Post has planned a series of Signature Taiwan Delicacies Postage Stamps.

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This scrumptious dish found its beginning in the Eight Treasure Mud Crab Rice Pudding.
The reinvented version is a culinary treat featuring mushrooms, ground pork, dried shrimp and glutinous rice.
The luscious, juicy crab meat, and the scrumptious, smooth crab roe set off the texture of the glutinous rice cake.