As a Wildlife Photographer, I was thrilled to come across this beautiful Rough Green Snake while exploring the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The snake was crossing the asphalt road, and I knew I had to capture this moment.
I quickly pulled over my pickup and grabbed my trusty Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera, equipped with a Canon EF 100 – 400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I shot in aperture priority mode, using a shutter speed of 1/2500 of a second, with an ISO of 800 and a -0.3 exposure value. I was handholding the camera and using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.
As I snapped away, I couldn’t help but admire this incredible creature. Rough Green Snakes grow to be between 22 to 32 inches long, with a record length of 45 inches! They feed on insects like crickets and grasshoppers, and even snails, spiders, and tiny frogs. The females lay 2 to 12 very elongated eggs in June or July, which hatch in August or September, yielding baby snakes that are 7 to 8 inches long.
This snake was a treat to photograph, and I am so grateful to have captured this moment. I will always remember the sight of this beautiful Rough Green Snake crossing the road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.