Friday, January 7, 2011

Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri


This handsome Texas Rat Snake had just eaten a meal (it was obvious) and it was still fairly early in the day so he was taking things pretty easy. Which is why I was able to slap on the macro and get up in his face. I love that most of my snake pictures are taken with the macro. Much more fun that way. He was a decent size -a bout 5 feet or so. Rat snakes are not venomous and are generally pretty laid back. I've picked some big ones up before and they just hang out all cool-like. We found this particular one at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in East Texas a few weeks ago. We saw 4 different snake species in a few hours, which is cool because my snake sightings have been lacking as of late. Camera Critters SOOC Macro Monday

49 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Using the macro, how close are you to the snake? Personally I like snakes and wouldn't be bothered by the close proximity but there are those who wouldn't dare. Your photos continues to impress me and makes me want to improve.

Woody said...

I'm a snake person too; I think they are awesome, but I don't often see them. I'm pretty good at catching them too :-)

I like these close-up's because they show the intricate details of the scales.

biobabbler said...

OMG YUM. LOVE that mug!

Gaelyn said...

Wonderful macros. Especially with its tongue sticking out at you. I won't say I go looking for snakes but I always keep a look out for them.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He's a handsome fellow! We were watching a snake at the Port A Wildlife preserve one time (standing a few feet away as it slithered across the path) when a young woman came up behind us, asked what we were watching and when we pointed it out she let out a scream that nearly deafened us; then she went running back the way she'd come! Silly lady!

Have you tripped over any alligators yet?

Arija said...

How very beautiful he is even though he is sticking his tongue out at you. I wonder how venomous he is. I would not dare to do that with the three species of snakes we have here as all three are deadly.
Oops, I almost forgot it was winter up your way, even in Arizona so that the snakes are not as active or quick.

Nice shots, most impressive.

Dan said...

So beautiful to look at in a picture, though I'm not sure if I'd be five feet away in reality - I'd probably be fast away in the other direction.
Lovely name too - is it Latin??
Dan
-x-

ChrisJ said...

Better to see them than to step on them!

Barb said...

I had no idea you are a snake charmer. He even stuck his tongue out for you!

Dominic Gendron said...

Very nice image, original composition's and great light!

Al said...

Great photos - I love seeing snakes in the wild, as long as they aren't rattlers.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Great photos, although I cannot say I like snakes they fascinate me.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice shot. You got very close. I'm not much of a snake person. I basically leave them alone.

Hanne said...

Wow, these photos are good! How close did you get to the snake?

Vernz said...

they look good on photos, but there's something about snakes that I'm afraid of...

Camera Critters here

jason said...

What a handsome snake. I love their colors. These shots are totally awesome, Jill!

LivingSoAbundantly said...

Your pictures are very clear and really capture the snake well. :)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

creepy....I hate snakes...no matter how they photograph...watch me run now. screaming [kidding]

Sorry, I'm feeling a little bit crabby today...stop by and see why?!! LOL

Kay L. Davies said...

Can only admire someone with the courage to photograph snakes. I couldn't do it. I'm with Anni, I'd be running, and not kidding about it.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kitty said...

I do wonder what goes on in the brain behind those eyes. I have never really been close to any snakes to know if I'm scared of them or not; they definitely have weird tongues!

Janie said...

He's a pretty boy, so colorful. Lovely macros!

Perry said...

Great shots of this guy. Thanks for sharing! Here is my entry.

pip said...

Your photos are absolutely amazing... great snake close-ups ~~:~

Greyscale Territory said...

Woo! Amazing macros! I think that this is the first time I have heard of a rat snake! Very earthy colourings!

Leora said...

Wild! What great shots you took of the snake.

MarieElizabeth said...

Wonderful shots!

ladyfi said...

You got THAT close? Wow. Amazing shots!

gengen said...

So scary the snake...Happy SOOC Sunday.

Leovi said...

A great number of beautiful frames and soft tones and textures. You managed to reflect the beauty of the place.

Barbara (Xerraire) said...

Wow you were brave , but worth it! Well done!

KaHolly said...

Oh, my goodness!! What luck you had. I believe that being brave helped!! Great images. ~karen, kaholly

Colleen said...

Wow! I'm amazed at how close up you are to the snake. Very cool shots!

Izzy, Emmy 'N Alexander said...

Neato shots! =)

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

Oh my gosh, that gives me a creep

Annelie said...

I am impressed with both of you and me. I can barely flip through a book snake pictures and you use a macro lens. I only say wow!

Jama said...

You're so brave to come so close to the snake, if it's me , I would have just zoom zoom from a distance and run away after that!

Kala said...

Yikes - what a tongue he has!

GrandmaK said...

Well done!!! I fear this is as close as I will get to snakes on purpose unless they are in a zoo. I appreciate you talent and skill though. A really handsome fellow! Have a grand day! Cathy

LauraX said...

what a beauty!

Nikki . said...

What an incredibly cool series of photos... awesome snake... no snakes here in N Ireland...

James said...

I'm not a big fan of snakes but I like your photos. The wind sand is amazingly beautiful. I've never had the chance to photograph a place like this. Hopefully that will change this year.
Your photos are excellent!

Liz said...

have not seen a snake in a long time. love this one.

JSK said...

This is a beautiful snake. Wish we had them here.

raya said...

oh my goodness! that looks scary! I am so scared of snakes, although I have admit that those are gorgeous shots! visit me at http://culturemedley.com/2011/01/14/amazing-work-of-art/

Joy K. said...

Absolutely gorgeous. How often do you get a macro of a snake?!

I'm so pleased that this post is part of the House of Herps carnival at The Little House in the Not-So-Big-Woods. I hope you visit and see the other entries. It's a pretty varied group.

Anonymous said...

Not a Texas Rat but a Thornscrub Rat, Pantherophis (Elaphe) guttatus ssp. Nice looking snake and great pics!

Anonymous said...

I think isn´t a Texas rat snake, this is a Great Plains Rat Snake (Pantherophis emoryi/ Elaphe emoryi).

Johnny Nutcase said...

Pretty sure it's a Texas Rat Snake, had a few other herpers confirm, plus it was on the Texas Coast, so quite out of the range of the Great Plains species.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Pretty sure it's a Texas Rat Snake, had a few other herpers confirm, plus it was on the Texas Coast, so quite out of the range of the Great Plains species.