Although night temperatures remain in the upper 30s and lower 40s, I have been expecting snakes to make their Spring appearance. Sure enough, what I dismiss as a fallen yucca stalk on our morning trail starts to squirm and transforms into a hissing, slithering tangle of scale-covered reptilian coils. The reptile glistens in the morning light. Cooper instinctively keeps his distance. Our friend turns out to be a six-foot Bullsnake (pituophis catenifer sayi). This colubrid is not poisonous to humans, but they are fast and can get quite aggressive when threatened. With adrenaline pumping I capture a few images.
© Ilija Lukić 2011
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