I’m often asked how close I get when photographing snakes especially the poisonous ones. I photographed this juvenile Water Moccasin yesterday morning on the auto tour road (Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge- Oklahoma). I would guess that my camera is approximately 3 feet from the snake. This snake is calm, if it were coiled and ready to strike I would not be that close.

Photographing Water Moccasin
Photographing Water Moccasin
Juvenile Water Moccasin
Juvenile Water Moccasin


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date Taken: August 4, 2020
  • Aperture: f8.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.
  • ISO: 250
  • Exposure Compensation: +0.33 EV
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Focal Length: 360 mm
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)
  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3

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