Water Snake - click to enlarge

Water Snake

It was very dry the day I shot this. This is actually the world’s largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest. Some trees are over 1,000 years old in here. One is right on the trail (you can’t leave the trail here) It’s a big place.

Water Snake - click to enlarge
Water Snake – click to enlarge

There are a number of different water snakes here. I can ID one and that’s the Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin). That’s the important one, it’s a poisonous viper.

Water Snake - click to enlarge
Water Snake – click to enlarge

This snake was looking around inside an old rotten log. I try not to intrude while they are hunting. Once I was photographing a small lizard and scared it into jumping away. Immediately a water snake dropped off the same log. I never saw him, and neither did the lizard. I got in the way, good for lizard, bad for snake.

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