Sunning Snake
Sunning Snake
photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2004

Snakes, like all reptiles, need the warmth of the sun to speed up their metabolism and help their digestion. However, where they choose to do this can be a bit odd, in this case a Northern Water Snake has chosen a fairly thin branch overhanging a pool of swirling water.

I was out canoeing with a friend who first spotted the snake. We paddled the canoe in close, allowing me to take the photograph within a couple of feet of the snake. It didn't seem to be particularly bothered by our presence. I took several photos and then we paddled away, the snake continuing to enjoy the morning sun on its perch.

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