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Water Snake with tongue out…a forked tongue is a feature common to many species of reptiles. Reptiles smell using the tip of their tongue, and a forked tongue allows them to sense which direction a smell is coming from. The advantage to having a forked tongue is that more surface area is available for the chemicals to contact. The tongue is flicked out of the mouth regularly to sample the chemical environment. This form of chemical sampling allows these animals to sense non-volatile chemicals, which cannot be detected by simply using the olfactory system. This increased ability to sense chemicals has allowed for heightened abilities to identify prey, recognize kin, choose mates, locate shelters, follow trails, and more.

Please help educate children and the general public on how beautiful and beneficial snakes are to our life-support system…thank you :-)

Location: Florida, USA
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I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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Comments

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randall11 months ago

    Beautiful capture William and in particular the tongue. Appreciate your commentary on the snake’s use of the tongue. Cheers mate,.

  • thank you Steve…Cheers :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaams11 months ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp11 months ago

    Very nice capture

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjes11 months ago


    2013/05/17 1 image x 24hrs

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...11 months ago

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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    Magaret Meintjes11 months ago


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  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairhead11 months ago

    Very nice!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • jozi1
    jozi111 months ago

    Great shot :)

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffe11 months ago

    Congratulations! Featured May 25 2013. Great image!!!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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