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Rat Snake
Lens: DA 55-300 Photo Location: Near the Blue Ridge 
Posted By: slowpez, 05-19-2012, 10:09 AM

Found this guy near our RV on our last trip to the Blue Ridge. My wonderful husband did what he usually does when he sees a snake, he makes me go take the photo while he stays safely indoor. Not poisonous by the way.

The ISO and shutter speed were way to high because we had been out looking for birds and I forgot to take the camera out of TAv mode. Sigh!

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05-19-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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Nice looking creature maybe best observed from a distance for most people.--charliezap
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Very nice Susan, this snake was watching you!! Probably scared to death.
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oh boy, I love snakes and this guy is gorgeous ... he also looks big. I took a photo of a garter snake while camping... very sweet how they pose! Thanks for sharing Susan!!

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That is one big snake Susan and a bit scary if near the RV, at first I bet you didn't know what type of snake it was. Cool shot and nice to see at a distance.
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I am with your husband. I would have backed the camping gear up and headed home though! JIM
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It's a Black Ratsnake, a powerful constrictor but harmless to humans.
Good photos of it.
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Nice pic !!!! Shutter speed never to fast... only too slow lol

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Nice shooting Susan!, he is a good specimen! We have one that lives mostly in the grape vines on a fence. Yours looks like he may have a few wounds? It is not unusual here to see them attacked by birds, in particular by Jays and Mocking birds. I let him be, he is harmless and keeps down rodents.

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Thanks all. I do love snakes although it did take me a bit to get over my initial fear of them. They are gorgeous creatures. This one was about 6 feet and, Rupert, it was being attacked by birds when we drove up. Thought he might have been doing a little nest robbing. We have one of these guys living in our yard and he has been here for years. We are the only ones in the neighborhood that don't have a problem with moles. LOL.
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Very nice shots, Susan. Great looking snake! I actually like these guys. Wonderful to have around to keep the varmints away. There's one hanging out in the yard now, saw him last weekend. This guy is a bit feisty! Usually they just freeze and sort of crinkle up until you go away, rather than coil like this.

I have heard that rat snakes can help discourage copperheads from being in the same territory. I believe it since I have seen one copperhead in over 20 years on my property. Yet another reason to leave these guys be!
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Thanks for commenting Lori. I too love snakes and really love it when I see them in their home territories..
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Nice shots... ISO 4500 looks pretty snappy!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Eberbachl Quote
Nice shots... ISO 4500 looks pretty snappy!

I love the K-5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Very nice capture - especially the first, IMO. Kudos to you.
I believe rat snakes are quite partial to eggs, so your "nest robbing" theory is likely.
Thanks for sharing.
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