Rough Green Snake With Dark Spot

Rough Green Snake - Ouachita National Forest - Arkansas

Rough Green Snake - Ouachita National Forest - Arkansas

I photographed this Rough Green Snake while it was crossing a Ouachita National Forest Road here in Arkansas.

I noticed that this snake had a dark spot on the side of its head. I have never seen this before, so I did some research. I read that when they die their typical bright green color fades to a bluish or black color and dead specimens may look like a small black racer.

It is obvious this snake is alive, but I am wondering if this is a sign of old age.

The Rough Green Snake has an average lifespan of 5 years in the wild, but they can reach up to 8 years.

This snake is one of the easiest for me to photograph because number one they are not poisonous. Number two, they are docile, often allowing me to get very close.

How I Got The Shot - Rough Green Snake

I like hiking the Ouachita National Forest Roads during the spring and summer because I see lots of wildlife especially snakes.

I was hand holding my Canon EOS 7D Mark II with the Canon EF 100 - 400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/800 of a second at f7.1 and the ISO at 1000. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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