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Challenge: Wildlife II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Tiger Bay; Volusia County, Florida
Date: Jan 23, 2006
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2006

This is a yellow ratsnake (or "Eastern rats snake" - Elaphe alleghaniensis) found in the Tiger Bay State Forest of Volusia county ~ specifically the Woody Tract region south of highway 92.

This winter has been remarkably mild and the snakes are already quite active, even in mid-January. This week alone I've seen the yellow rat snake, a southern black racer, and two Florida banded watersnakes. Pretty amazing, really.

This snake was trucking across an old, unused dirt road near rattlesnake lake. This is at the very back end of Woody Tract. Measuring about two to two-and-a-half feet, this was a young adult yellow rat snake. Despite its relative youth, the snake had many scars. Apparently life is fairly rough back in Tiger Bay!

The snake was incredibly mild mannered and easy to work with.

Personally, this was a great day. I'd been hoping to come across a yellow rat snake for about two years. This yellow rat snake is the first one I've seen in the wild in years ~ but not because they're endangered. Really, I'm just 'unlucky' when it comes to finding this particular species!

That luck finally ended with this snake. Rah rah!

~ janson jones.

Place: 56 out of 261
Avg (all users): 6.1221
Avg (commenters): 7.4375
Avg (participants): 5.7982
Avg (non-participants): 6.2723
Views since voting: 828
Views during voting: 465
Votes: 344
Comments: 20
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 03:13:52 PM
Brilliant shot, it's coming right out of the photo!!
01/31/2006 11:11:54 AM
Beautiful color combination and the snake has personality, too.
01/29/2006 10:19:20 PM
The focus is ever-so-slightly off, on the snake, but it is, nevertheless, a great shot.
01/29/2006 05:20:31 PM
Great one!i like that the snake is so sharp the background not! looks like you can almost reach-out and take the snake out of the foto :D
01/29/2006 11:47:13 AM
nice capture
01/29/2006 01:35:38 AM
hilariousssssss ;) .. seriously though I like this perspective and focus
01/29/2006 01:01:41 AM
01/28/2006 04:26:02 PM
I love the snake just "hanging" in the frame. Very nice.
01/28/2006 03:05:00 PM
A+ for creative composition!
01/28/2006 01:17:35 AM
I love snakes... great definition and color.......... shallow depth of field works!
01/27/2006 10:52:58 PM
Conjures up the Garden of Eden. I like this with the blurred jungle sense in the background. Good DOF
01/26/2006 06:04:01 PM
great dof and colour
01/26/2006 05:27:46 PM
Really like this shot. Interesting composition. Hope to see it finish in the top five.
01/25/2006 11:41:25 PM
Very cool!
01/25/2006 06:32:58 PM
Give me the creeps, but a good photo all the same.....
01/25/2006 01:08:21 PM
nice photo, i like it.
01/25/2006 12:44:26 PM
Is it just me (and my computer screen), or is the focus on the neck? Awesome idea.
01/25/2006 07:37:20 AM
Seems a touch soft. Great composition!
01/25/2006 05:53:42 AM
Unimaginably Superb, never enjoyed wildlife photography much - This one makes me think again !!
01/25/2006 02:05:34 AM
Cool composition.

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