This beautiful ratsnake was just coming down a concrete embankment when I saw it. I’m not sure, but it seemed like it had just shed it’s skin because it was so bright and soft. I held it for quite a while and it calmed down enough to sit quite still while I took photos. Then, when I brought the camera too close, it attacked the lens. I switched the camera to video mode to capture one of these strikes (VIDEO HERE). The snake was also “rattling” it’s tail. Obviously trying to appear more dangerous than it really was!

Reptilia: Ophidia: Colubridae: Elaphe quadrivirgata
Japanese four-lined ratsnake = shimahebi

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