Eastern Ratsnake

Eastern Ratsnake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis)

Interesting sights, like this one, tend to draw a crowd at Huntley Meadows Park, especially during the weekend. My good friend Phil Wherry and I had just started a photowalk at the park on Saturday, 03 May 2014 when we noticed a group of people looking into the woods along Cedar Trail, at a spot known for good bird-watching. As it turns out, there was an Eastern Ratsnake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis) resting in a tree located several yards from the trail at a height of approximately 15 feet. In fact, there were two ratsnakes in the tree although only half of the mating pair is shown in the preceding photo.

Phil and I were field-testing his new Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera. This is the second photo I shot; we had to delete the first shot because I was having difficulty hand-holding an unfamiliar camera/lens steadily. Phil activated a camera setting that boosts image stabilization and the problem was solved.

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One Response to “Eastern Ratsnake”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    It’s a little disconcerting to see a large snake like this in a tree–snakes seem less threatening somehow when they are on the ground and can slither away in any direction.

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