Pine Snake...EEK!!!

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedMay 29, 2014
TakenAugust 26, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/125 sec at f/16
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length200 mm
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The serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field...Genesis 3: 1

This guy showed up in our yard and he stuck his tongue out at me a few times but here he is just looking at me wondering if the camera is something for him to eat:) I remember crouching down to the snakes level of its head to shoot this picture and being a bit apprehensive when we were face to face....As far as I know a Pine Snake is harmless to humans unless it is stepped on or teased in any way..I have not seen a Pine Snake since I shot this picture in 2008 but we used to see many of them when I was child growing up and they were huge. This is the only snake I have ever photographed. I started out shooting two pictures farther back and then moved in closer for this one which turned out the best of the three. What caught my eye on this snake was his colors and I overcame my fear to capture its beauty with my camera. We think this one had just shed its skin, which is why the colors are so vibrant!

Thank you Barbara Kurth for the nomination on 5-29-2014! Appreciated!
Thank you also Donna Mullins for the spotlight on 5-29-2014! Appreciated!
Thank you Frank Degenhardt for the spotlight on 7/1/2016...Appreciated!

43 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (29 May 2014):

    Andrea, WOW ! AMAZING !!!!!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (29 May 2014):

    WOW! An impressive shot. Since I live in the city, I don't as many of these, although I did see one black snake crawl out of a flower bed a couple years ago.

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (29 May 2014):

    OMG !! This is really a great capture and so very colorful !! I didn't know a snake could be so colorful ! I'm terrified of snakes, only want to see them in photos ! LOL !

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (29 May 2014):

    A standout!!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (29 May 2014):

    AWESOME shot Andrea! Great focal point !

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (29 May 2014):

    Love this is lightbox!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (29 May 2014):

    A most superior serpent. Well done, Andrea!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 May 2014):

    SSSlithering to the top of JPG's entries!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (29 May 2014):


  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (29 May 2014):

    awesome assortment of colours and shapes---perfect dof

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (29 May 2014):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (29 May 2014):

    The pine snake is beautiful. It must not be poisonous or you would have been running away, not taking his photo : (. It is outstanding in the lightbox!!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (29 May 2014):

    FAB POV one doesn't see much on a snake!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (29 May 2014):

    WoW!! PERFECT!!!!

  • Kathryn Meyer

    Kathryn Meyer gave props (29 May 2014):

    Very pretty, colorful creature, well shot!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (29 May 2014):


  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (30 May 2014):

    OMG!! Fantastic capture! Very colourful!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (30 May 2014):

    Beautiful colors.

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (30 May 2014):

    Cool capture, Andrea! Well framed.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 May 2014):

    WowoW!!!!! This just might be the best snake photo I've ever seen!!!! Fantastic!!!!

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (30 May 2014):


  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (30 May 2014):

    His markings and colours are so lovely! He gave you a great pose and what a fabulous image and entry it makes!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (30 May 2014):

    Had to come back for another look..the color and detail is just incredible...A+++ you are so brave.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (31 May 2014):

    He is a beautiful specimen, even though I am not a snake lover, and you did get a great shot Andrea, BRAVO!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (1 Jun 2014):

    Fantastic shot and entry!

  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   gave props (3 Jun 2014):

    I'm not a snake fan, but this is an excellent photo!

  • Yeonju Lee

    Yeonju Lee gave props (3 Jun 2014):

    Awesome! The lines on his face is scared! I can't take a picture of the snake even though it was harmless. You were so brave.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (4 Jun 2014):

    Thank you Yeonju for your kind words...I am not sure who was more scared the snake or myself. I overcame my fear because I thought he was the most beautiful snake I had ever seen and I saw many pine snakes as a child growing up that would crawl up the pine trees at the home place.but none this pretty...Thank you all for the many comments faves, likes and views that I received on this photo and for the nomination and spotlight received earlier.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (9 Jun 2014):

    those red eyes are wild.

  • W S

    W S (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2014):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (7 Jul 2014):


  • gerald pierce

    gerald pierce gave props (20 Sep 2014):

    Beautiful creature.

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (20 Jun 2016):

    a cool image! voted!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (20 Jun 2016):

    my vote too

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (23 Jun 2016):


  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (1 Jul 2016):

    Cool Snake! GMV

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (2 Jul 2016):

    Masterpiece !! BTV

  • Judith Hays

    Judith Hays   gave props (3 Jul 2016):

    Amazing photo - beautiful colors

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Jul 2016):

    Oh YEAH Rad!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (28 Feb 2018):

    Congratulations on this Challenge! I am stunned at the beauty of this, despite the 'slithering element'...Brava!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (28 Feb 2018):

    Thank you Lynn for your congratulations and to the staff for featuring this Pine Snake in Recent JPG Live Stories..Please check out the excellent snake pictures captured by other photographers as well that were featured for this theme..

  • Jerry Beasley

    Jerry Beasley (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2019):

    Such a handsome beast. Great shot!

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