Snake Inside A Duck Nest Box

By | April 11, 2020

I was driving the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge when I spotted this snake inside a duck nest box. It looks like a Ratsnake.

I’m sure the snake got inside the nest box from the tree that is behind the box. It looks like a storm pushed the tree over the box. This nesting box does have a snake guard at the bottom.

Ratsnake Inside Duck Nesting Box
Ratsnake Inside Duck Nesting Box

How I Got The Shot – Snake Inside A Duck Nest Box

This Wood Duck nesting box is located on the west end of the Sally Jones West Causeway (south side of the auto tour road). I pulled to the side of the road to get this photo.

I’m using a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f7.1
  • ISO 1600
  • Shutter speed – 1/750 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

Here are a few more photos of a Ratsnake I have taken over the years:

  1. Ratsnake On Sandtown Trail
  2. Western Ratsnake Moving Through Pine Needles
  3. Western Ratsnake Smiling
Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.