I was walking the dog when I came across this snake by the side of the road (actually the dog noticed it first. I would probably have walked right by it). It didn’t look in great shape, inert even and I assumed that it was dead. So I thought that this would be a great opportunity to get really close without any concerns about it slithering away. I got right down to the snake’s level and had the camera literally a couple of inches away from it when it lifted it’s head, stuck out it’s tongue and hissed at me. I guess it wasn’t dead after all. Needless to say I beat a hasty retreat. I’m pretty sure that it’s not venomous, but just the same I could do without being ‘nipped’ on the nose by an irate reptile.

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