Pantherophis emoryi — Great Plains Ratsnake
When I saw this my first Great Plains Ratsnake, it was stretched out in some thick vegetation near the edge of a small lake. At first I thought it was a blotchier-than-usual Bullsnake, but after a moment I realized it was something I hadn't seen before. I wanted some photos but couldn't get a good angle, so I decided to bring it out in the open. It was semi-cooperative: it bit me many times, but not very hard each time, and it didn't speed away, but it never stopped moving for more than a few seconds either. It was very determined to slowly slither back into the brush, and not at all interested in the idea of letting me get some nice full-body photos beforehand.
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