Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pacific Gopher Snake


Check this friend out! He's a pacific gopher snake, roughly 4.5 feet. Zac and I were hiking some trails we hadn't been on before near the Mad River, along some nice cottonwoods and this guy was completely loving the fact that the sun had been out for more than 45 minutes at a time. I don't blame him.
I was able to get some up close and personal shots with the macro and extension tube. I thank him for staying put for so long! He was beautiful. I'm so glad we've been seeing snakes lately! I love snakes! Still waiting for the first rattlesnake of the year though...We actually saw 3 other gopher snakes yesterday and 3 ring-necked snakes too - niiiice! Macro Monday, My World
This is me with a different (smaller) gopher snake yesterday.

49 comments:

Carolyn Ford said...

Now I think the little snake I saw in the parking lot last weekend must have been a baby gopher snake...the shape of the head and markings look like this one! How cute you look with your new "necklace!" And, are those little teeth I can see on the macro shots? How amazing!

Colleen said...

Wow, that is definitely up close and personal. I'm not necessarily afraid of snakes, but I don't want to meet up with them in the wild.

Bill S. said...

Not me with a snake around my neck. The T-shirt is half right - the "wild" part. But thank goodness for gopher snakes - keeps the rodent population down.

Kala said...

That second shot is especially awesome. I see a snakeskin bokeh!

MyMaracas said...

I like snakes too, as long as I see 'em coming. I've been a little disappointed - and surprised - that we haven't seen any around here yet.

Rebecca said...

You brave girl! I just give snakes their space and move on.

Daniela said...

I love your shots, he is just beautiful.

jay said...

Oh, he's lovely!! And you were sure enough of the ident to pick him up and handle him!

I'm with Colleen. I'm not afraid of snakes as such, but I'm wary enough of the possibility of being bitten by a venomous species to stay well away from wild ones.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Great images of this beautiful snake! Each in this series are magnificent~ I can tell it is a good snake by it's round eyes. The Hawks take many of our young snakes, or smaller ones~

Woody said...

Pretty cool, most people creep out over snakes. The photos are excellent!

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh gawd.....you'd never ever in this world catch me photographing a snake...let alone holding one!!!!!!


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Amanda said...

Very nice! You were really able to get in close. Love the bokeh in the second and the depth of the one with the one of the whole snake.

Kerri said...

Super shots!!

"Lillagul" said...

Great shots !
I love snakes too !
We had 2 Boa Constrictors in our apartment , maybe best that i say in a terrarium :)
One off theme died so we gave the other one to a friend that have the house full off reptiles.
I just loved to watch them :)

Clytie said...

Snakes are such beautiful and misunderstood creatures! I've seen a handful so far this spring - when I walk near the road. They sit at the edge of the pavement where they can get the heat.

My pictures don't turn out as up close and personal as yours though!

Don't Bug Me! said...

Great photos, as always.

Bryan Hughes said...

Wow, that is one beat up looking Pit!

jason said...

Ooh, fantastic shots! These snakes are rather handsome and you've done them justice. Love the last photo! Not many people will get close enough to a snake for macro shots, let alone pick one up and hold it.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shots as always, Jill! Your macro shots are amazing! He makes a great necklace, I must say!! Hope you have lovely week!

Sylvia

SandyCarlson said...

That is one adorable fellow. Who knew that was possible?

Kate said...

Okay, now I know why your nickname is Nutcase. (Just kidding!) Yikes - I'm so opposite. I have rattlesnakes on my hiking trails and they scare the pants off of me. This weekend, I was told that rattlesnakes are 'evolving' and that the warning rattle isn't as common any more. Any truth to that?

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow! Amazing shots. You're such a brave soul for putting it around your neck.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jill: Great photos of the snake from your world.

Carver said...

Great shots of the snake and also of you. The one in the first shots looks like he was very close (although not as close as the last one). I've always found snakes fascinating but never been comfortable handling them up close and personal.

Photo Cache said...

I am afraid of snakes, but this post is really fascinating.

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Steve Borichevsky said...

Okay, who would name a restaurant, "The Wild Cow"?

That is some serious snake.

Pam said...

Jill, I'm not a fan of snakes but I have to admit your wonderful photos make me want to reconsider. Although I don't think I will ever be ready to put one around my neck.

Wren said...

I appreciate snakes much more than I used to. This guy sure is cute!

Catherine said...

beautiful close-ups here..

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

s0 brave,there's a lot of snakes in my c0untry and even here in taiwan but im naturally afraid of crawling living things,awww!

J Bar said...

Wonderful shots.
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maiaT said...

Excellent photos and they make a nice necklace.
They are very beautiful animals as long a they are on the photo.

NatureFootstep said...

I was slowly looking at the photos in turn. I love snakes. But then ....you picked it up! So I guess it is not toxic. Great photos :)

veredit said...

It is an absolute beauty and the pictures are simply become stunningly good!

Judy said...

You are a brave sole...I don't think I could have done that.

holdingmoments said...

Now that is close.
Excellent pictures Jill. A real beauty.

Phil said...

Love that snake but I wish you hadn't put it around your neck. You are braver than I am.

Ebie said...

Jill, you are so brave!!! I would run away if I see one, not sure if they are harmless or not!

Love your bokeh shots!

Samson said...

Awesome shots Jill

Misty Dawn said...

Outstanding images! I like snakes too... except for the poisonous ones!

awarewriter said...

It's a tossup between shot one and two. I like both but second one may tip the scale a bit.

I think your snail photos are super Jill. You do know how to get close.

Marites said...

gee, wow..great shots! and you are so brave holding it. they give me goosebumps.

Spiderdama said...

Wow! Great pictures and so close.
I wanna meet them, but not use them for necklace..
You and the snake are cute:-)

eden said...

Oh, my.. can't even dare to touch a snake and how much more around my neck. You are so brave and I love all your pictures. Really great macro shots. That snake is really cute too.

Kristin said...

Wow.. that is definetely very daring. Up close and personal. Great marco shot. I had once had a yellow snake wrapped around my neck and photos with a King Cobra. It was amazing. :-)

Harold Stiver said...

Gorgeous close up shots, wll done!!

JM said...

Fabulous! In Thailand they 'made me' pose with a big python just like you did in the bottom pic... OK, it's done! LOL!

leonnybg said...

Wonderful photos!!! Good shot and story! Thank you! Greetings from Bulgaria!

Ted C. MacRae said...

I really love that first shot!