In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”
Walking along near the creek, I saw this Eastern Hognose snake…
I see Eastern Hognose snakes every now and then around here, and I find their shed skins often. Usually they stay still for a long time, even when I just about step on them, and let me get a lot of pictures. This is the first time I have had one go through the bluffing behavior of trying to look bigger and badder than it really is, flattening its head and flaring out its neck.
I have read that if this bluff doesn’t work, they will also roll over and play dead, even leaving their tongues hanging out of their mouths. I didn’t even remember that as I was walking along, trying to get good pictures, but I wouldn’t mess with it anyway. I just enjoy getting to see them.