Observed basking on the levee separating Lake Piney-Z from Lower Lake Lafayette.
Apologies for the terrible photos. I only had my phone, not my camera. I didn't want to get too close to the snake, and the snake shared that sentiment.
Eventually, it got sick of me, and slithered off into Lake Piney-Z.
The Squamata, or the scaled reptiles, are the largest recent order of reptiles, comprising all lizards and snakes. With over 9,000 species, it is the second-largest order of vertebrates after the perciform fish. Members of the order are distinguished by their skins, which bear horny scales or shields. They also possess movable quadrate bones, making it possible to move the upper jaw relative to the braincase. This is particularly visible in snakes, which are able to...