I didn’t upset this young Water Moccasin, a utility terrain vehicle passing by got it upset. I’m sure me being around had something to do with it but it sure didn’t like the sound or movement of the UTV.

A refuge employee was waiting for me to finish so he could get by without disturbing me. I motioned to him I finished and when he drove by this got the snake upset.

Another photographer arrived, and I let him take my spot and this young Water Moccasin left the road after the other photographer finished. I wanted to make sure this snake safely made it off the road.

Upset Young Water Moccasin
Upset Young Water Moccasin

How I Got The Photo – Upset Young Water Moccasin

I was outside my pickup photographing the Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth) on the roadway. I was hand-holding my camera. I was at the Sally Jones West Causeway at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.


• Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
• Date Taken: June 9, 2020
• Aperture: f8.0
• Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.
• ISO: 1600
• Exposure Bias: +1 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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