Daily Travel Photo: Green Snake Slither

Green Snake, Paraguay

Green Snake Slither – click to enlarge

Daily Travel Photo: Green Snake Slither


The Set Up

This photo comes from the infamous stream of daily travel photos from Cerro Cora National Park in Northern Paraguay.  As I’ve mentioned countless times now, there is an article which will be published in an online magazine soon which I will link to soon, for now you’ll just have to deal with the photos.  In short, my hike through the park was spent with my nerves quite high as there was an obvious presence of some serious wildlife in the area.  I spotted a number of tracks and even a couple droppings from what I assume was a jaguar.  At the end of the day, my experience was safe. This snake, I will tell you though, is what really set off my nerves for my hike.  I’m not afraid of snakes by any means, but seeing this snake right before I walked through knee high grass wearing shorts in the middle of nowhere didn’t help.  In the end, my hike through the great Cerro Cora National Park will go down as one of my better experiences ever.

The Shot

Sometimes, when shooting wildlife, the photo just appears and you have to be ready for it.  On this occasion I had my camera in my right hand, and nearly stepped on the snake before I noticed it.  I took a photograph quick, and then the snake slipped into the grass.  Ideally, I would have liked to get really low and shoot the snake from its eye level, but I didn’t have time.  You win some and you lose some in photography.  I guess the only thing you can do is make sure you’re always prepared and keep your eyes peeled at all times.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. It is always a little unnerving coming across a snake in a foreign land because you are unfamiliar with the species. I was hiking in Thailand and a snake slithered to the left of me. I jumped back and was soon relieved to see he had a horny lizard in its mouth. It could not bite me with its mouth occupied. Great photo.

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  2. I’m so with you on this! Im not afraid of snakes but if you see one go cross your path you are going to be a little more cautious, especially while walking through high grass.

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