Snake Pictures

Snakes bother a lot of people, but I like them. Undoubtedly it's because of the way they move and their lack of legs. I suppose the forked tongue doesn't help either. However, these very things make them good subjects for photographs. Of course, that's just my opinion.

Unfortunately, snakes are not particularly cooperative. Although I see a lot of them in the areas I hike, they're usually on the move and usually manage to hide in the grass or bushes before I can fire off a picture. The other complication is that animal pictures look best when the camera is at eye-level with the animal. With snakes, that means getting really close to the ground. A difficult thing to do with an SLR.

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4 Comments

  1. Clayton Schug

    Patty, Sorry, but you've got me stumped on that one. Any chance it's got a hooked nose? Hog-nosed snakes are common in your area, but I'm not familiar with one that looks like what you've described.

  2. I have a snake that is in my barn. I have never seen one like this before. I live in Ks. South Central. I am wondering if it is poisonous? It is tan with darker brown rings around it. Its tail is goes to a point. The head is red. Not a bright red but faded and then it fades even more into the body. The scales on the head are large and very noticeable. I am guessing it is 2 to 3 ft. in length and not real big around. Any idea?

  3. Clayton Schug

    Phyllis, Identifying snakes without a picture can be quite difficult unless there's something distinctive about them. However, in your area there are indeed a handful of poisonous snakes including copperheads, cottonmouth a.k.a. water moccasins, and rattlesnakes. The good news is that what you've described doesn't match any of these types of snakes. Sorry, wish I could tell you more.

  4. We found a small, brown snake inside our house. It has a gray stripe going from the head to its tail. It's already dead, now, as one of the cats found it as it slithered up the hallway, and we don't know enough about snakes to know if it was poisonous or not. We live in Oklahoma City. If you can help us, that'd be great.

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