This young Water Moccasin was crossing one of the service roads at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. These roads are off-limits to visitors to drive on but you can walk them in the areas that are open to the public.

Young Water Moccasin
Young Water Moccasin

I drive the auto tour road when I first arrive at this refuge. After I drive the auto tour road a couple of times I will park and walk the service roads. This has worked great for me over the years for photographing wildlife.

Because of the Water Moccasin and Copperhead snakes that are both venomous, you need to be cautious walking these roads.

Here is another Water Moccasin I came across while walking one of these roads: Cottonmouth In Tall Grass

How I Got The Shot – Young Water Moccasin

I photographed this young Water Moccasin (10 to 12 inches long) on September 1, 2019, at 8:03 a.m. This snake was on the service road on the right (north) side of the tour road after making the first turn. You can also access this road at the beginning of the tour road. It is the second one you come to which is on the right (west).

I came upon this snake after walking less than 100 yards. This snake spotted me before I spotted it because it had its head raised which is one of the snakes first defensive move.

When Water Moccasins are in this position I can get by with getting a few photos with my long telephoto lens. If it opens its mouth and shows the white inside then I know I am to close.

I got low to the ground hand holding my 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.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Auto White Balance
  • Multi Metering
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Aperture f8
  • ISO 2000
  • Shutter speed 1/280 of a second
  • .07 exposure value
  • Focal Length 400 mm