Precautions to Take When Photographing Snakes
Photographing snakes is not as easy as it sounds. These creatures are built to blend into their surroundings, sometimes making it hard to focus your camera. Plus, generally you’re not in a controlled environment. And, snakes are very fast and can be very dangerous. However, if you’re willing to be careful and have a lot of patience, you may be able to score some shots when photographing snakes.
First of all, know your snake species. If you know nothing about snakes, then this may not be the field for you. While many snakes are non-poisonous, many are and knowing the difference between the two could mean your life. If you understand snakes, you should still take precautions. If you find a snake that you are not familiar with, then you probably shouldn't go picking it up to get that perfect shot.
Snakes can strike to a length that is equal to one-third of its body. Always be in top physical condition, especially if you plan on handling the snake. Avoid alcoholic beverages, and do not go out when you are sick when photographing snakes.
Always wear heavy clothing and boots in case a snake does strike. And, carry a first-aid kit with anti-venom. Always let others know where you are heading, and carry your cell phone. Have programmed into your phone emergency contacts, and provide printed copies of emergency numbers to others in the group.