by Bethany Plonski November. 21, 2018 420 views

Sometimes when I think about composing a shot, I lose track of my surroundings...this time I was so focused on the light and color of these leaves at the edge of the lake that I wasn't really watching where I was going and nearly stepped on a rather large water snake.

Luckily for me, it was enjoying the sunny afternoon so much that it didn't even react when my foot landed right near its tail. I wasn't sure what kind of snake it was at first, so I backed away and decided I'd watch it for a minute before testing my luck with photos. Since it didn't seem to mind my presence, I switched lenses and managed to get a few close-up shots before it turned around and started to look a little suspicious of me.

And here is a follow-up snake sighting.

I believe this one is a water moccasin, and it gave me the creeps, big time. While I was taking these photos, it was slithering its tail slowly even though the rest of its body was coiled around its head, kind of like it was saying "don't eff with me." But don't worry, Andi, I was standing on a completely different part of the dock to take the photos, and I was so nervous I took less than 10 pictures total. :) This snake will not be getting a FB friend request from me...

This guy had to be 6 feet long. Maybe longer.

This guy had to be 6 feet long. Maybe longer.

Note the triangular head

Note the triangular head

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Bill Baird 1 year, 11 months ago

If I would have survived the heart attack I would have taken so shots of it also.   lol  Good work !

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you! I definitely had a heart attack moment! Really glad this snake ended up being harmless. smile

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 11 months ago

i love the snake photo, he was almost a missed opportunity.. i too have to look up to see what plant/flower/and in this case, snake.. but i see Andi already did that.. [she cracks me up]

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 11 months ago

Glad you liked it! Once I stopped freaking out, I didn't want to miss the opportunity either. smile I love identifying unknown animals and plants too, but sometimes it's really hard to know for sure. I found two helpful apps/websites for that this week, eBird and iNaturalist. Pretty cool!

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Sherry Hill Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 11 months ago

both those websites look cool.. thanks for sharing.. going to go poke around them a little more..

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Andi Saw 1 year, 11 months ago

First thing firts.
1. SCOLDING: although I apppreciate your bravery, and I'm really impressed by the way you kept your cool... WTF BETHANY!!! 
"Yeah, I stood there, I took my time, I changed the lenses...!" what else? Did you offer him a Caramel Macchiato??? Are you friends on Facebook??? You were not testing your luck with photos... you were testing your luck with luck! Dear Lord... 
Ok... I'm done. 
2. SNAKE: I checked online. (Everytime someone doesn't know the name of a plant or an animal, I feel the need to find out what it is). 
So, yesterday you wrote about Georgia, and today you wrote you were by a lake. 
Looking for possible matches, I GUESS  this is a BROWN WATER SNAKE. Non venomous! 
You can check online for this species and see if the images matches your memories.
The other possible match (But I bet 10 buck on the Water Brown) is the Mocassin snake... VENOMOUS.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh my gosh, this made me smile! blush Scolding accepted! I think this was a brown water snake too, but now that I have read up a little more on moccasins, I know to be much more careful around the water's edge, especially on sunny days. fearful I read that when you disturb a moccasin, they will coil and hiss as a warning, but this snake did not move at all (his face also looked less triangular than the moccasin). 
I think what made me brave in the situation was how relaxed he was. He did not appear to feel threatened or scared, and didn't seem to care at all that I was near. The sun must have felt really good!
And would you believe it, I think I actually saw a moccasin today (thank god, not because I almost stepped on him!!! scream This time a man near the dock had spotted him and pointed him out to me from a safe distance). I got a picture too! Still need to compare to photos online to make sure that's what it was. What is with all these snakes?

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Andi Saw Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe he was still because he ate. NOT YOU, fortunately! smile

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