python700

Earlier this year I was hiking in Wakkerstroom, South Africa when I came about 1 metre from stepping on a Rinkhals, with its hood raised up at me just like this python is positioned at AMNH. Although it is a different snake, it looks rather similar and is a similar size and also has the striped body - but in a pale yellow and black. It was the first time I saw a snake with its hood open and I was very rattled by the experience. My toes curl up now at the memory! I nearly drew the picture with my foot instead of the mongoose. Maybe I'll do another one like that…
Size: 12 inches by 18 inches