Tag Archives: Snake

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

I’m not much on snakes–I do photograph them on occasion but don’t often post them. This one was sunning just off the boardwalk; Ted had identified him as poisonous.

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

Unfortunately I didn’t see the Damselfly until looking at the pictures on my computer.

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

If I had, we’d be looking at a closeup of the insect on those interesting scales…

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

instead of just a blip of blue on the snake.

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly, Cypress Knee Blocking the View

Francis Beidler Forest, SC
July 9, 2022

All Curled Up: Snakes

Snakes were what I saw the most of on my recent visit to Beidler Forest. I’m not a big fan, but have grown to appreciate their habits since moving to SC.

Snake, Curled Up
Snake, Curled Up

The positions they arrange themselves in are pretty interesting, including a little flare with the tail.

Snake, Curled Up
Snake, Curled Up

It was a partly cloudy day in the mid 70s (24-25C) and these three were in spots that were in and out of the sun.

Snake, Curled Up
Snake, Curled Up

Beidler Forest, SC
March 18, 2022

Harmless Snake

I know, it is still a snake. I’ve never been a fan, but am becoming more accustomed to them. I spotted this one at Beidler Forest working his way along a rotting log.

Snake
Snake

I don’t study the educational signs with the ID info about snakes, but do know that the round eyes and round head are signs this one is harmless.

Snake
Snake

The snake slowly checked out the crevices in the log and showed no interest in me watching him

Snake
Snake

Plus, I was on a boardwalk at least ten feet away.

Snake
Snake

Brown Snake

Differences in pattern or color from the background are often the best way to spot creatures in the wild. This snake caught my eye due to both of those factors, plus he was moving!

Brown Snake on Palm Tree Trunk
Brown Snake on Palm Tree Trunk

I’m not a big snake fan, but I was fascinated by the shapes this one took as he moved down the tree trunk and that he could hang onto the tree. He was intertwined when I first saw him. I thought he was eating something but it turns out his head was directly over his tail.

Brown Snake on Palm Tree Trunk
Brown Snake on Palm Tree Trunk

Slowly he worked his way towards the ground, straightening out, his body taking an indirect route.

Brown Snake on Palm Tree Trunk
Brown Snake on Palm Tree Trunk

Then he made a few 90 degree turns. I got distracted by the Reddish Egret in the water beyond this tree line and when I looked back he was gone. I promptly went the other way.

Brown Snake on Palm Tree Trunk
Brown Snake on Palm Tree Trunk

One of the photographers I was traveling with identified this as a Brown Snake, and harmless to humans. I’ll take her word for it. He was brown so I’m not looking it up — too many pictures when you Google snake.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, 1/28/2018