Garter Snake

Garter snake at Font Hill Wetlands Park. I was trying to get closer to one of the green heron I saw in the stream while barely stepping into the short grass. I was focused ahead of me (and not below) when I looked down and saw this not far from my feet. I jumped back several feet and took some shots of it sticking it's tongue out at me (which meant it wasn't threatened but "tasting" the air). It did slither away shortly after.

I learned a very important lesson to remember what lurks in the grass when I go off the paths. And another reason to make sure I've got sturdy shoes and covered legs and ankles!

Lens - Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD @ 400mm on Nikon D5500