Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake;
Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011).
In addition to my fairly standard macro-profile shots, I also routinely photograph “u-coil” reference shots of snake ventral patterns. While some species are fairly consistent in their ventral patterning, other species (such as Nerodia fasciata and Nerodia clarkii) can be quite variable across their respective ranges. Featured here is a fairly fabulous ventral pattern of a Mangrove salt marsh snake very close to ecdysis, the shedding of its scales. There was a nearly glow-like quality to its scales.