Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Snake Love

 I uploaded a nature video I shot this weekend while relaxing outside. My backyard is like Wild Kingdom.

Not long before filming the video below, I also heard something walking around the side of my house. All of a sudden a wild turkey almost as high as my chest walked up on my patio! It surprised the crap out of me & I yelled "WTF!" The turkey ran off into the woods before I could get any pics of it, but then I witnessed this serpentine spectacle:

I recommend watching it on YouTube, using the HD 720p setting.

Here's the description of the video:

"I'm always seeing interesting wildlife in my yard... On a Friday after work, I was sitting outside on my back patio enjoying a beer. All of a sudden, I heard a rustling in the leaves near my woodpile.

When I went over to check it out, there were 2 large snakes (at least 4ft each) intertwined with each other. It was pretty freaky, but my first instinct is usually to take pictures when I see something crazy. They were going at it for awhile, so I tried to get as much video & photos as I could.

At one point they were completely twisted up, like a braid, but I didn't get a good shot of that. I had to get within a couple feet of them to get the footage & I think they realized I was there and both looked in my direction, which was freaky since I was so close to them.

They finally finished up & the one snake slithered into the wooded area. The other one hung around the woodpile for a bit so I got the pic of it alone, at the end of the video. I'm not sure what kind of snakes they were. I was pretty close to them, so I'm glad they didn't try to attack my hand.

I sent my brother some of the photos & he said, "Dude what are u filming snake porn?" which is technically correct. It's still funny, though.

Here are some of the still photos I got of the 2 snakes:

This isn't the first time I've had a crazy snake encounter. While hiking in the mountains, I almost stepped on a large rattlesnake:

Pocono Serpent Quest

TOTALLY GROSS: Snake Eating a Frog

Snake Lunch Buddy

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