|A five foot adult male Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) from SW Florida.|
This was an impressive diamondback, one of the largest individuals I've seen in the field. Despite its size, this diamondback was fairly inoffensive. He coiled briefly and then did nothing more than try to crawl away. This is the third individual I've seen at this location, all of which have been large males.
|An adult male Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) from SW Florida.|
|An adult South Florida Swamp Snake (Liodytes pygaea cyclas) from south Florida.|
A snake that challenges the patience of any photographer, I took my time and was rewarded with a nice photoset. This will likely be the only time that I put in effort to photograph this species. The following week went like any other, I had a free evening and decided to head out with up and comer Taz Rosenfeld, a high school student whose smarts are way beyond where I was at his age. We headed up to an area we've both been to many times before, though the weather forecast looked suspect. A large thunderstorm system rumbled on the horizon upon our arrival, but never got close enough to rain us out. In short order, we cruised a healthy adult corn snake. A little further down the road, we noticed a large snake laid out in the sand. The initial thought in my head was a snake I've seen before, but not in July, it couldn't be.
But it was. A beautiful four foot adult Florida Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus), my first live individual from the state of Florida, and from an area they're particularly difficult to find.
|An adult Florida Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus) from the pasturelands of central Florida.|
|A young Eastern Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius) from the pasturelands of central Florida.|