Northern Water Snake

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I nearly stepped on this 6 foot northern water snake recently at Camp Rapidan in Shenandoah National Park. I was focused on taking photos near the Brown House and didn’t see him curled up behind me until I turned around. Thankfully he never reacted at all to my being there. I moved up to the wooden deck behind the Brown House and took this picture. I watched him for another 10 minutes before I continued on my hike.

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