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Old Mar 17, 2012, 6:17 PM   #1
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 6:46 PM   #2
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Look at those eyes, awesome shots.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 9:46 PM   #3
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Thanks Loren, he tried to bite me twice while I was taking his photo...these Water Snakes are very aggressive and will bite ferociously if tampered with, we tried catching one last year and he almost bit us a couple of times and they are extremely fast either on the offensive or defensive! I actually thought he would be more docile due to the cold water, but he struck so fast I couldn't get away...lol...he did make the "rabbit blood' come out in me as it scared the $#!& out of me, but I had already been photographing him for awhile and had gotten relaxed around around him...lol...
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Love these guys! I grew up in Wichita Falls, and I'm sure we had this variety up there. I always fancied myself an amateur herpetologist, so I never shied away from a snake. Been bit a lot, but it's all good. I envy you your photo ops, I really have to get out more! :
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Thanks Robert, anytime you come up send me a PM...we'll treat you so many ways you'll have to like some of'em!...lol...Creeks right behind my neighborhood and the ole Polaris RZR is a comfortable ride and carry's loads of gear...caught a Ribbon Snake last year and my 6 yr old was holding him and he promptly latched onto his eyebrow!...I was laughing so hard I couldn't help him, he finally pulled him off and then we let him go...

OTOH I would love to get down in the Everglades and do some birding...you ever get the op to do that?
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Thanks Robert, anytime you come up send me a PM...we'll treat you so many ways you'll have to like some of'em!...lol...Creeks right behind my neighborhood and the ole Polaris RZR is a comfortable ride and carry's loads of gear...caught a Ribbon Snake last year and my 6 yr old was holding him and he promptly latched onto his eyebrow!...I was laughing so hard I couldn't help him, he finally pulled him off and then we let him go...

OTOH I would love to get down in the Everglades and do some birding...you ever get the op to do that?
Actually, I haven't been to the Everglades, but I have threatened to do so many times. I am so busy being semi-retired and working on rental property ALL the time, I think I may die someday with a cordless drill in my hand.

That is a funny story about your son and the Ribbon snake, but very believable. The Ribbons and Garters have the nastiest tempers of most snakes. Luckily, they are not dangerous, just aggressive.

I surely enjoy your nature photography. Thank you.
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Love these shots, nice.

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Old Mar 21, 2012, 2:12 PM   #8
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Very nice shots, I like snakes, these are really fantastic animals.

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Really love these shots, so rare to see them photographed in the water!
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I saw a 6 inch baby while we were in the Okefenokee but went past it too fast in the boat before I could get a shot. I'm surprised you got close enough for a shot. Most I've seen are shy and make a quick exit.
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