I got a message today from a friend who is a snake catcher asking if I wanted to photograph a Red Bellied Black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus). They are such a beautiful snake and I had been wanted to get some photos for a while so I said ‘Absolutely!’
They are one of the more venomous of Australia’s snakes but generally are very placid and laid back.
The snake was inside a car – his own as it turned out. His wife had been loading some gear into the back when she spotted it and left the van parked where it was.
Stage 1 was trying to find him in the back of the van:
Once he was safely out of the van it was on to the grass for a photo shoot
He was mostly really easy to work with but got a little feisty sometimes
We spent around 45min taking photos and these are some of my favourites.
(Click on the slideshow for a full screen view)
If you’d like to read more check out the Queensland Museum link