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Rat Snake
21-MAY-2010 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

Rat Snake

on my patio

Something I never expected to see at home.
Dropping off our roof onto the the deck only a few feet from where I was sitting, this reptile then slithered down the brick wall onto the patio below. The photo was taken as he wrapped himself around a ladder that my husband had used the day before. This snake was at least 7 feet long - maybe 8!!! I'm going to have nightmares now! To see his other end

Sad Post Script:
This snake came back later that night and ate the two baby birds that I was photographing when I first spotted him.

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coraltown08-May-2015 05:19
you're very lucky ... these reptiles are becoming rare
Ann27-May-2010 15:13
Great catch, Liz. You wouldn't have seen me for dust, I would have taken a runner. Lol
Carol Breton27-May-2010 04:53
..and yet you had the presence of mind and body to get this fantastic shot!
Bravo Liz! ~
dane24-May-2010 10:58
I might have nightmares as well...
Guest 24-May-2010 02:13
Great shot Liz. Snakes can be scary,but rat snakes can actually be good to have around. I am fascinated by them. Great angle this is taken at and fantastic you captured him with the tongue out. Wonderful shot. Vote :)
Barry Ailetcher23-May-2010 17:57
very good image and you don't like snakes with all the bear images you shoot a little snake won't hurt you
Clay Swatzell 23-May-2010 12:46
I really like the composition here. Well done.
Randy Adams23-May-2010 10:42
Great timing Liz! 300mm...hmmm...still pretty close! Brave girl! V
Jean D23-May-2010 01:16
Excellent unexpected capture! ~V
Ann Pettigrew23-May-2010 00:20
I love your composition, Liz. Really well done.
Jeff Waldorff22-May-2010 23:29
Great shot! I like the composition.
I would much prefer to see one of these than a rat! ;)
Mairéad22-May-2010 22:10
Fabulous image but that's one photo opportunity I could do without. V
Laryl22-May-2010 21:48
I love the pose.. excellent nature photo, sorry for the situation with it
and the birds though :(
Linda Willets22-May-2010 21:24
Great capture.. know you must be worrying about it now.
marie-jose wolff22-May-2010 20:53
eight feet long snake, no wonder you have nightmares! V
Debi22-May-2010 19:13
He looks huge! Better you than me. :(
Ceya22-May-2010 17:08
Oh my, beautifully captured, with colorful detail - hope I never ever
meet it even in nightmares! V
1105191222-May-2010 16:01
eight feet, that is a lot of rats I guess
Walter O. Koenig22-May-2010 15:49
Great capture of this gigantic snake.
Larry Peterson22-May-2010 14:37
Wonderful image, Liz. While the cats away (photographing seals) the rat snakes will play. V
CM Kwan22-May-2010 13:53
Wonderful composition and beautiful light, Liz! I hope he didn't endanger your family.
Tom Lun22-May-2010 13:07
You're very brace to capture such a great shot!
zyziza22-May-2010 09:31
Fine portrait of nightmare`s hero!
Take care Liz.
Could he be dangerous for peoples?
Patricia Kay22-May-2010 08:40
Its a fabulous capture Liz...but i really dont like snakes and would also be having nightmares...BV
Stephanie22-May-2010 08:20
I saw one of these in Cape May 2 weeks ago! Stay tuned for my posting.
Wonderful capture Liz ~ superb lighting! BV
lou_rozensteins22-May-2010 08:11
Nice details of the head and tongue! Well done.