I saw a snake & the snake saw me

☆ June 5, 2014



25 Responses to “I saw a snake & the snake saw me”

  1. Kim
    June 5th, 2014 @ 7:35 am

    What a beauty! I’m mom to a cute little cornsnake. I love reptile photos. He looks like he’s making a kissy face. :D

  2. Marg
    June 5th, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    Have you ever read D.H Lawrence’s poem The Snake? It is one of my favorite descriptions as to how we react to these creatures, the fear and fascination. Google it.

  3. Dawn
    June 5th, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    I had a similar experience last week on a hike. Was sitting on the ground taking a break and felt like I should look to my right. Looked over and saw (after Googling when I got home, I think) a king snake meandering his way towards me. I think because I was very still he hadn’t noticed me. I believe we were both silently screaming in our respective heads. Me: Snaaaaake! Snake: Huuumaaaaan! He immediately reversed course, slithering backwards and high tailed it out of there. (As did I, immediately revising my policy of where I sit on hiking breaks to ‘the middle of the trail’.)

  4. Alyxx
    June 5th, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    Dawn is right – they are AT LEAST as scared of us as we are of them, and they have much more reason to be. Trust me, a lot more snakes are killed (for no reason at all, often) by humans than humans ever are by snakes, and usually the snake has a good reason (like “You are about to step on me”).
    That one is beautiful….
    BTW I am not saying “so wander around barefoot and oblivious in rattlesnake areas” – But pay attention and dress appropriately, then NO ONE has to die.
    Just sayin’.
    Shreve, I adore you!!!!!!!

  5. Maggie
    June 5th, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    So cute!

  6. Lauren
    June 5th, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    What a beautiful bullsnake! In North Carolina we have their relative the pine snake. The genus Pituophis (bullsnakes, pine snakes, gopher snakes) is characterized by a modified epiglottis. This allows the snakes of that genus to make the loud hissing sound they are known for. Despite their menacing sound, they are generally quite docile.

    I adore all animals, but I don’t think there is a more beautiful creature than the snake. Thank you for sharing!

  7. shreve
    June 5th, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    L ~ wow, I am impressed you can tell it is a bull snake just from its face!

  8. Felyne
    June 5th, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    TIL what an epiglottis is, thank you Lauren. +2 gold stars from me!

  9. Brooke R.
    June 5th, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

    Oh! He’s cute! :)

  10. Patricia Long
    June 5th, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    He is a beautiful snake and I love the way he is hiding himself within the leaves!

  11. Scotty
    June 5th, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    heeeere lil snakey snake. leave it to you s~ to post a cuteness overload pic with a snake.

    i know all you shreve fans would never do this.. but please tell all your friends not to kill snakes this summer for no apparent reason other than you fear them. sorry.. it’s just a issue that really makes me angry. rawr!

  12. Rhea Cicale
    June 5th, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

    Beautiful photo! I used to be very afraid of snakes but the older I get the more I appreciate their beauty. I live in the Mojave desert and hike in rattlesnake territory. It’s been one of my wishes to come upon a rattlesnake but I haven’t yet.
    I agree with the others – snakes should not be killed out of fear.

  13. Bumblebee
    June 5th, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

    Awwww very cute picture!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. sybil
    June 5th, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    SO freaking cute!

  15. Deborah
    June 5th, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

    The snake looks afraid. I know he/she is safe with you!

  16. Melissa
    June 6th, 2014 @ 3:48 am

    That is an awesome photo! :)

  17. TomT
    June 6th, 2014 @ 4:54 am

    Awesome! Snakes, like spiders and wolves (and coyotes) have gotten a bad rap.

  18. Robin
    June 6th, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    beautiful photo!

  19. Felyne
    June 6th, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    I think you’ve told us before, but the bullsnake is good at controlling rodent pests so he’s probably a little helper on the farm – providing he can’t get to your chickens.

    It’s egg laying time, do you think this is a female laying her clutch?

  20. Ironbadger
    June 6th, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

    Gopher snake.
    (Also called bull snakes.)

    Thats a real cutie. :)

    They make great pets.
    I’ve had many over the years.

    Had one named Oscar that liked riding around inside my shirt for hours at a time- Put him on your shoulders, and he’d dive right in!
    They he would make himself comfy and poke his head out to watch the world go by from either in front, down at my throat- Or work his way around back and look over my shoulder.
    Or climb up the back of my head for the crow’s nest view.


  21. Colleen G
    June 6th, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

    Great photo Shreve! He/she is a very cute snake. Too cool!

  22. Nan
    June 9th, 2014 @ 7:35 am

    Omg, that little snake face is actually really cute! ha ha! So alert-looking. The round pupils make it look like a little turtle kinda.

  23. Sea Wolf
    June 9th, 2014 @ 7:58 am

    Either a bull snake or a gopher. Color suggests a gopher. Have had both as pets. Nice snakes and good to have around on a farm. Neither will bother the chickens except for maybe chicks .. and eggs. Both will eat eggs if they can get to them so I hope you don’t mind occasionally sharing. They will eat many more rats and mice than eggs.

  24. Ruth
    June 10th, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    yeah, looks like a turtle head! nice photo.

  25. Angela
    June 10th, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    I get them around my squash plants. :) One of my dogs would hide in them, too.

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