“Let me be blunt about this…” the snake in the image above seems to be saying with its frontal posture. It’s as perfect a camouflage than any other body projection. The snake must be able to hide while still being only a few inches from its prey. Imagine being a small animal.
Yet, the snake at left had been carried by a raven about 20 feet above the paved highway in Blair Valley, and was seen dropped from this ineffective height to do the job. The snake was temporarily protected by the photographer while taking its photo in the roadbed, much to the displeasure of the pair of ravens wanting it as their meal. Later, the ravens strafed the photographer in high speed dives, probably to usher him away. The snake had found a refuge under a little overhang in the base of the road cut, not much to protect it from the ravens who were likely waiting on some nearby perch.
Photo above Barbara Swanson
Photo left Lee McComb.