I READ YOUR COMMENTS AND DECIDED TO UPLOAD THIS VIDEO, EVEN THOUGH IT GOES BLURRY ONCE OR TWICE AS THE CAMERA ADJUSTS TO MY MOVEMENT.
SOME OF YOU WERE CURIOUS ABOUT HOW CLOSE I WAS.
I STAYED OUT OF HIS STRIKE ZONE AS I CIRCLED HIM FOR THE MOVIE AND STILL PICS ... AND I USED A LONG PINE BRANCH TO SCOOTCH HIM OFF THE ROAD AFTER THE PHOTO SESSION.
MY ADVICE FOR YOU IS TO GIVE EVERY VENOMOUS OR UNKNOWN SNAKE ABOUT TEN FEET AT THE MINIMUM, AND THEN ENJOY THE ENCOUNTER.
GOING CLOSER IS A PERSONAL DECISION AND NOT ENCOURAGED HERE AT PF.
HAVING SAID THAT, I OBVIOUSLY GO CLOSER FOR PHOTOS, OR TO SLIDE A SNAKE OFF THE ROAD BEFORE THE NEXT, AND MAYBE NOT SO FRIENDLY, TRUCK COMES ALONG.
I DO NOT ADVISE THAT (KEVIN EXCLUDED) AS A GENERAL POLICY.
WE ALL MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT RISK.
SOME OF YOU ACTUALLY FLY ON AIRPLANES ... SHUDDER.
I PREFER TAKING CHANCES WITH A TOOTHY, SPIKEY, OR VENOMOUS CRITTER TO BE QUITE HONEST.
ENJOY THE VIDEO.
Oh great ... I was almost across this dirt road and in the safety of the tall grass ... and here comes FC.
I just know he's going to mess with me.
I will glare at him. Maybe he will go away.
Nope. The glare is not working.
I will raise my head in a threat display.
That should do it. I'll just let him know I am aware of him and am ready.
Okay, he's pushing this thing so he gets the whole cottonmouth display and a view of my fangs.
I've gone through my list and he's working up to the grand finale.
Better back off FC!
See these fangs!
Yeah, buddy, I'm hissing at you.
Don't get any closer. Just because I keep them folded back doesn't mean I can't poke 'em in you in a heartbeat.
Ever hear of a switchblade?
Ever hear of one loaded with venom?
Well, that's more like it. Now leave me alone and let me slide off this road.
You're such a pest, FC.
Now go away.