Friday, August 13, 2010

Western Fox Snake

One of the newest things that I have added to my repertoire of photograph are reptiles and amphibians. I began to look more seriously at these classifications because of all of the different types of snakes that I have found and photographed over the past couple of years. One of the larger snakes that I have run into on my adventures is the western fox snake.
The western fox snake get its name because of the musky, fox like, odor that they may release when they are captured. They are not venomous and kill their food by restricting it in their coils. The western fox snake is mostly found in the south eastern portions of Minnesota. I photographed this fox snake, along with the shed skin, like dragonflies they shed their skin as they grow, at Fort Snelling State Park.

7 comments:

Mel Cole of PA, USA said...

I had goosebumps while seeing the snake picture. Rrrr... Nice shots by the way.

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Valerie said...

I can deal with our Leopard Gecko pets. I have gotten used to them - but I don't think I will ever get used to snakes. They just are to 'creepy'

Dianne said...

his eye is amazing
what a great close-up

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I have a terrible, long lived phobia of snakes. You should have had a warning on the C C hub...my heart is racing.
But, all in all, great photos. I could NEVER do what you did.

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LadyFi said...

That is a beauty! And what a coincidence, my post is all about snakes too...

sciencedude288 said...

I have a bad habit of running after and catching snakes. Fine here in the NE, but bad in the tropics...

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I try not to dislike snakes, I really do but..............

Anyway nice shot.