Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 08/10/2013


Photo taken on August 10, 2013


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222/365: "Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous." ~ Chanakya

222/365: "Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous." ~ Chanakya
3 more pictures and 1 text note above! :)

Last October I was checking under rocks along our ridgetop and to my complete surprise, I found this beautiful California Mountain Kingsnake!! I could not resist capturing this tiny baby so that I could bring it home to show Steve, who also loves snakes. Never in my life have I seen such a gorgeous snake in the wild...and I found it on our property!! WOW! Both of us were so amazed by this little guy that we wanted to keep it for our own. However, I needed to know that it would be ok to do this, so I did some research on the internet and found out that in our area, this is a fairly common snake, but because it's secretive, it's rarely seen. I found out that it isn't illegal to keep them as a pet, and both of us have had snakes, so we understand how to care for them. Finally, both of us were concerned that he was too small, so late in the year, to survive the long winter. So, after trying out many different names, we decided to call him "Snakey" because it's cute to say, bought him a tank and everything needed to care for him, and he's been with us for nearly 9 months now. He's grown much larger from his original 11" by several inches and is wonderful to hold and observe! :)

The quote I picked is perfect for him, because these snakes mimic the color of the very dangerous Coral Snake, but are not venemous and are very gentle and docile.

Chanakya (c. 370–283 BCE) was an Indian teacher, philosopher and royal advisor. Originally a professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya managed the first Maurya emperor Chandragupta's rise to power at a young age. He is widely credited for having played an important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire, which was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. Chanakya served as the chief advisor to both Chandragupta and his son Bindusara. Wikipedia: Chanakya

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50 comments - The latest ones
Compostpyle
Compostpyle
Snakey's a beauty, on the third photo in the windows ,Sankey's Portrait, are there more pics? Nothing is coming up.
4 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
WOW!!! I am mesmerized...the little guy is so beautiful and I can understand, why you want to keep him as a pet...he's got such stunning colours and the face - so cuuute!!!:)
Gorgeous shots ALL of them...fantastic:D
4 years ago.
Soeradjoen
Soeradjoen
Fantastic series of this colorful little snake, Janet.
4 years ago.
Bron C
Bron C
Very colourful snake!!
4 years ago.
Dick Stewart
Dick Stewart
Amazing photo - love it :+))
4 years ago.
Tacheles
Tacheles
Great capture. Snake spotters need long telephoto gear, I suppose. ;))
4 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
What a fantastic find, beautifully photographed!
4 years ago.
Alan H
Alan H
Great picture and interesting story to go with it.
4 years ago.
Connie Guida
Connie Guida
Great capture :-) Colorful little guy. Gotta love the 100 mm for its phenomenal bokeh, right?
4 years ago.
Mo Meede
Mo Meede
Stark!
4 years ago.
jesp&mino
jesp&mino
beau serpentin
4 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Great image, Janet. This snake has such beautiful colours. Funny how some animals are so brightly coloured to make them look poisonous or dangerous.
Have a great week head.
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Gorgeous capture!
4 years ago.
Cathlon
Cathlon
Stunning capture. wonderful colours and terrific focus!
4 years ago.
MGN-Marcel
MGN-Marcel
Impressive capture,beautiful!!!
4 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
wow, fantastic...
4 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
What a find. Beautiful shots and details. You'd get on well with my niece's husband who likes to keep snakes and all sorts of reptiles.
4 years ago.
sKumars
sKumars
Love the focus and sharpness.. wonderful colors, well taken
4 years ago.
Seb.69
Seb.69
Great series Janet...Happy Sunday :)
4 years ago.
Jenny Downing
Jenny Downing
you are right - it is absolutely beautiful
but it would have made my heart skip a beat (at the very least) to see one up so close
(I enjoyed the story of how you 'rescued' him ... )
4 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Great focus and DoF.....beautiful color and texture.
4 years ago.
Starsprite
Starsprite
You brave girl-you!
4 years ago.
Armpro
Armpro
Lots of color in this sinuous fellow

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4 years ago.
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Jooferr's photostrea…
Impressive compo and focus!
4 years ago.
Steven Kelly
Steven Kelly
FANTASTIC IMAGE HIP CHICK...
4 years ago.
Daddy
Daddy
Très jolie cette petit Bête !!!!!!!!!!
Bisous(:-))oooooooooooo mon amie
4 years ago.
Patrick
Patrick
je n'aime pas du tout les serpents mais ils sont magnifiques , couleurs top
4 years ago.
Angela Parker
Angela Parker
Superb photo!
4 years ago.
Simons-Photography
Simons-Photography
Nicely caught!
4 years ago.
Phill G
Phill G
Lovely focus, Janet, and a superb capture...no pun intended!
4 years ago.
Phill G
Phill G
The pics in the notes are great too!
4 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
He is a beauty! Funny how they look the same as the Coral snake...sneaky.
4 years ago.
Claudio Sinibaldi
Claudio Sinibaldi
Great capture Janet! I normally don't like snakes that much but these ones look beautiful, like a coloured bracelet :-D
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Amazing shot.
4 years ago.
Rita Guimaraes
Rita Guimaraes
Beautiful, your Snakey.
;-))
That was a fantastic shot.
4 years ago.
Juan
Juan
Excellent capture !!
4 years ago.
Juan
Juan
Fantastic colours !!
4 years ago.
Juan
Juan
good night my friend !!
4 years ago.
leszee
leszee
superb
4 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
A slithering beauty, beautifully captured, Janet!

That's Wild!!
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4 years ago.
Cheeseplease
Cheeseplease
Impressive coloured snake, most of ours here are deadly though.
4 years ago.
DLP
DLP
Excellent Capture!!!
4 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Wonderful shot, Janet!
4 years ago.
John Varley
John Varley
What a fab find and capture janet great shot .
4 years ago.
Bruno B
Bruno B
C'est un magnifique serpent et je te félicite de lui avoir sauvé la vie!! Mais, au fait, que lui as-tu donné à manger?
4 years ago.
Sergio Locatelli
Sergio Locatelli
As soon as i saw the pictures I thought you were met with a coral snake. And I thought you had risked health to photograph it. I am happy to know that you took these beautiful photos without risk.
Very nice guy! :-))
4 years ago.
j.towbin ©
j.towbin ©
We have king snakes just like this one here in Arizona. They are the snakes you want to have in your yard because of all the less desirable critters they eat.
4 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
Very cool subject and focus
4 years ago.
Agnès
Agnès
Top!!!
4 years ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
Exceptional work, Janet! Absolutely stunning!

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