Tiger Rat Snake

Spilotes pullatus:  Also known as Chicken Snake, Yellow Rat Snake, or the Tigre, is a large snake found in southern Central America, northern South America, and Trinidad and Tobago. It is a non-venomous colubrid that tends to inhabit forested areas. It is arboreal in habit and feeds on a wide variety of prey, including small mammals, birds and lizards. They are one of the longest snakes of the Americas, the record reaching 14 feet in length. Generally, males get around 10 feet while females get about 8 feet maximum. There are always exceptions to the rule. Generally, most imported specimens are fast and aggressive. Their powerful jaws ensure a painful bite. Eventually they settle into captivity but tend to remain on edge and flighty.

Exposure: 1/8 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 800;  70mm; Pentax K5 with Sigma 70mm f2.8 DG Macro.

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~ by kbfotografix on October 28, 2012.

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