In today’s blog post, let’s talk about a cool moment I had at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I was driving along the auto tour road when I saw something awesome: a Ratsnake crawling over some rocks.

Ratsnake gracefully moving over rocky ground at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Ratsnake gracefully moving over rocky ground at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

So, here’s what happened. I was driving down the auto tour road, just enjoying the outdoors and hoping to see some cool animals. And then, out of nowhere, I spotted a Ratsnake. It was moving gracefully over the rocky ground, doing its snake thing.

I knew I had to get a better look, so I parked my truck a bit away and slowly got closer to the snake. I didn’t want to scare it, so I took my time. When I was close enough, I sat down and took a picture of the snake on the rocks.

The snake’s skin and the rough rocks made a neat pattern, and I wanted to capture that in my photo. It was a peaceful moment, and the snake looked right at home among the rocks.

Thinking about this experience, I feel lucky to see these things and share them. It’s moments like this that make me love what I do. Exploring Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is always an adventure, and I’m excited to keep taking pictures and sharing them with you.

I hope you enjoy the story of this Ratsnake as much as I enjoyed being there to see it. Nature is pretty amazing, and I’m glad I can show you a bit of its magic. Keep an eye out for more stories from my adventures. Until then, take care and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors!

Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


I exited my pickup to photograph this Ratsnake while hand-holding my camera.

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date Taken: June 4, 2020
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/75 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 3200
  • Exposure Compensation: +1
  • Focal Length: 400 mm

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