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Florida waterscapes in 2003

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Tree snakes:
This yellow rat snake (Pantherophis obsoletus quadrivittatus= Elaphe quadrivittata) was navigating the branches above the boardwalk. I fondly recall seeing one boardwalk visitor (human) leaving the preserve as I took this photograph. Obviously she had reached her limit of tolerance, and had been creeped out by all the animals. She was walking at a brisk pace down the exact center of the boardwalk, head scrunched down onto her shoulders and arms wrapped tight against her body. Poor little thing.

(Thanks to Mike Howlett for the snake identification!)

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