A gorgeous find…..a Northern Water Snake….wrapped in the metal wire of a drain fence along a fresh lake.
This fellow and 3 others were using this technique very successfully and could care less that I was photographing them only a few feet away.
When I first walked up all I saw was a bit of it’s tail wrapped around the wire…but as I prepaired for photos his head and parts of his body rose out of the water. Incredible!
Talk about using human handiwork to improve apon life-skills!

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  • Karirose
    Karirosealmost 6 years ago


  • TELLLLL me about it! they were awesome

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • P3T3
    P3T3almost 6 years ago

    Thats brilliant…are they poisonous? If not do you handle them?

  • non-venemous….but for me? the nippiest of all snakes I’ve handled except for the common garter. but? I STILL love to see them

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • skyhorse
    skyhorsealmost 6 years ago

    how amazingly clever are they? sure is a beautiful snake!

  • i’m wondering if their behavior? was/is learned or if they just figured it out on their own? since there were several there…they aren’t normally a ‘communal’ feeding sort of snake u know? and i agree…they’re BEAUTIFUL!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • JDNarts
    JDNartsalmost 6 years ago

    What a lucky find! They are remarkable hunters. Beautiful shot of this oft feisty fellow Carla!

  • this is the first species of snake that bit me….and the last as well….lol
    they can be such GORGEOUS colors/patterns…the babies even more impressive sometimes. i’ve swam with these in Missouri…nothing like being underwater, opening u’r eyes, and seeing one of these amazing creatures looking at u so beautiful and peaceful…

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 6 years ago

    Cool find and capture Carla! How nice of the snake to rise out of the water so you could capture him here! The moving water adds lovely movement! :)

  • him and his fellows were wonderful to watch…he was GREAT….when his head rose out of the water was like a leviathon…lol

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • JDNarts
    JDNartsalmost 6 years ago

    Though I always loved snakes and had them as pets when I was a kid, I always gave these guys wide berth. I got chased out of a swimming hole by a 3+ footer once; it had me nervous about swimming in that creek for a while, lol! They are, however, spectacularly patterned, aren’t they?

  • i normally keep a wide birth around these fellows….had taken a photo of a baby one my son was holding and it leaped up and bit him on the nose! now i usually just stand back and admire….1 i saw in TN was so bright? he was red, black and white patterned with the browns just barely peeping thru. i love to study each one as each of their patterns are unique

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAalmost 6 years ago

    A snake leaped up and bit your son’s nose. And he was holding it afterwards. You two are either the American equivalent to Steve Irwin or nuttier than a pistachio grove. That skinny horror I shot face-to-face was the first and last time I plan to step in front of a snake to take its picture. And this one looks smart enough to lure someone close just to pop up and scare the snot of of em!

    As far as I can tell, snow is just perfect for one thing: keeping snakes in line. LOL!

  • sigh it didn’t even leave fang marks! but this WAS a smart snake as were his buddies……..we saw this variety all over this water way but only a few were actually gathered here at the drain. i’m sure u’d like to visit with me next summer when i go back right?

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAalmost 6 years ago

    I’d come visit you anytime,even if there were snakes as long as they weren’t dangerous and safely in your hands. But let’s be sure your son comes along to supply a nose if necessary. Hehehehe!

    If snakes are this smart, might the others be dangling from fallen branches, semi-submerged roots, and Jimmy Hoffa? I mean, this guy may have been getting only the leftovers that got away from the fangers upstream. Tell me, if it wasn’t too cold, would you swim in water where something like this swimming next to you?

  • u need to go visit Carlsbad Caverns at dawn and dusk….talk about some smart snakes?
    I would LOVE to swim with critters like this! Unfortunately I also know there’s leeches in that water…blahhhh

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...almost 6 years ago

    Great shot, that is fantastic.

  • thanx! I wish now that I could have gotten an image with all of them in it but at the time I was looking at this individual….

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgealmost 6 years ago

    What a great find Carla….xxxx….wonderful shot….xxx

  • thanx Pat! i am still amazed at how this group looked for dinner

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

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