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Old Aug 13, 2013, 6:40 PM   #1
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Have been "out on the trail" for most of the past few weeks, and just beginning to catch up on processing the (far too many) photos. So here are a few samples...

Holston Mountain has some great spots for cold-blooded "critters" to soak up some sunshine. This tiny young toad (American Toad) and huge old forest snail were both on the same rocky outcrop on the Flint Mill Trail recently.
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Flint Mill Trail leads up to Flint Rock - a large sandstone outcrop with some great views of South Holston Lake.
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Flint Rock is a rather remote location - not many human visitors. Sunny rocks and remote location make a perfect habitat for skittish reptiles. One of my dogs found a den of 6 copperheads here last year. Checked the same spot recently, and found only one snake - a rather sluggish Timber Rattlesnake who did not want to come out and pose for the camera!
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The rattlesnake's "neighbor" was a bit more cooperative. This Copperhead ignored me completely... (Notice that the fill-flash used in the first photo makes his heat-sensing pits much easier to see.)
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Those slit-like pupils on both of my Holston Mt "friends" are one good clue that these are indeed venomous snakes. Neither species is likely to bite humans unless provoked - they'd rather save their venom for killing their prey.

You can tell by this snake's eyes that he is not venomous. Green snakes hardly ever bite (except for biting their food, of course). They depend more on their cryptic coloration and their habit of holding very still. Have probably missed seeing dozens for each one that I do notice!
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Just to give an idea of the size, here's the same snake perched on a wooden handrail. Notice the screw heads...
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These are just a few samples of the amazing diversity of wildlife up on Holston Mountain. Hope you enjoyed these little friends, and that you'll share your comments & critique!
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Exquisite compositions Marty! You truly are a master of being able to isolate the subject from the backgrounds which make for very striking images.

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What a handsome toad and the 1st shot of the green snake is just exquisite.

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Now you're talking, Mole! I love herptiles, in all flavors, and you have done them proud.
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