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Rough Green Snake

This Rough Green Snake was rescued from some snake-o-phobes at my workplace, where it was crossing a sidewalk. I had planned a "set-up" shot, placing the snake on an isolated shrub, but it raced down the stem and off across the surrounding lawn, heading for a large tree. Oh well! I was able to get a few shots as it paused in the grass and held its head up to investigate me. This was actually the first shot I took of about 50, and it was the best. I never could get a great "tongue shot", which is what I was trying for. The composition here was rather accidental. Only after reviewing the series did I see this one had an interesting look.

FYI: this is a non-venomous snake, and usually refuses to even take a nip when handled. It will give one a squirt of musk from its cloaca if picked up.


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Taken on September 4, 2008