When I foray into heavy prairie grass cover I keep my snake stick handy and walk with heavy foot steps. Both precautions help to minimize surprise reptile encounters.
On our morning outing through some dense Silver Bluestem straw, Cooper suddenly stops and strikes a characteristic alert posture. I catch up to find the object of his attention is a five to six foot Bullsnake. The colubrid does not feel threatened and continues its advance. It surfs effortlessly over and under the golden waves of prairie straw. I manage to capture several ground level images. It pauses to make a threat assessment. Its coloration is very light. Its semi-keeled scalation glistens in the low-angle morning sunlight. I surmise it shed its skin very recently.
© Ilija Lukić 2011
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