Along a trail in Calero County Park,
|I chanced upon a Racer Snake stretched out sunning itself on the trail.|
|I approached it cautiously while continuously taking pictures.|
|Racers usually slither away instantly at the sight of a human.|
|This one seemed loathe to leave its place in the sun.|
|Facing into the sun, the snake's drab olive / tan coloration blends with its background.|
|What huge eyes, wide-hinged mouth this creature has.|
|As I edged closer, the snake began to take notice of me.|
|Ever so slowly it raised its head and turned to face me.|
|At this point the thought occurred to me that the snake was about to strike.|
|But instead, in a flash it whipped around and instantly disappeared into trailside grasses.
For more information on our native Racer, visit CaliforniaHerps.com.
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