I spotted this snake moving through some vegetation while I was walking a trail at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I think this is a North American Racer. Snakes will rise like this so they can get a better look at danger.

Snake Rising
Snake Rising

I was walking the Horton Slough Trail, and I was hand-holding my camera when I photographed this snake.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 40D
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date & Time Taken: September 14, 2008 (1:43:53 P.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/320 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 400
  • White Balance – Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Continuous Auto Focus
  • Focal Length: 210 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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