Posted by Gene Gwin on Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:57 pm

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Photo taken at Laguna Seca Ranch in South Texas April 4, 2019.

Nikon D850, Nikon 300mm f/2.8, 1/2000 sec at f/8.0, ISO 450.

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by Carol Clarke on Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:53 am
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Snake on the alert!  The coiled body and head back, with raised rattle and the flicking extended tongue show this one is checking you out, Gene.  Nicely done.

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by david fletcher on Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:18 pm
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cracking image Gene. Lots to enjoy
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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:33 pm
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A true “snake in the grass”! Great low level angle.

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by Gene Gwin on Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:00 pm
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SantaFeJoe wrote:
A true “snake in the grass”! Great low level angle.


Thanks Joe.  A little tidbit that not everyone might know.  Every time a Rattle Snake sheds its skin, a rattle is formed.  Rattle Snakes, on average, sheds its skin about every nine months.  To tell the age of a Rattle Snake, count the rattles and multiply that number by nine months.  It a guestimate, but probably pretty close, unless the snake somehow lost some rattles along the way.

by Eia on Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:03 pm
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Oh my - as someone that has been struck at too many times and thankfully never bitten, but has seen this pose ....gives me the chills. You have everything here...coiled, rattle, tongue. ugh. I know about the shedding and it's rattles.

by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:30 pm
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Kind of terrifying- excellent! Both the tongue and the rattle-wow!
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by David J. Bogener on Wed May 01, 2019 6:34 pm
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Great image. Nice job on the DOF. All the important parts appear sharp. The OOF green background is nice. I have laid down to photograph them as well but I am never very comfortable doing it.

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