5.29.2013

Snakes on a kayak

Que the Samuel E Jackson monologue - we've got snakes on a kayak!!!



Fine...I may be exaggerating a bit but it got your attention didn't it?

The real story is this:

Woz and I jumped in his yaks and paddled the mighty Des Plaines River in search of whatever fish we could find. Short of a bass caught by him, we didn't catch a thing. Most of the time instead was spent paddling, exploring, and taking in the sites.

Nearly half a dozen deer were seen crossing the river, an eagle soared high above our heads, and spring's green was in full effect.

One of the coolest things (at least to me) was when I spotted something working its way across the river in the distance. I wasn't really sure what it was until I paddled closer and saw a gorgeous Northern Water Snake (Nerodia Sipedon) with a fish in his mouth. *Note - I am leaving the species capitalized just to annoy all you amateur scientists. I even highlighted, underlined, made it bold, and italicized it to push you over the edge!

I was able to get close enough to actually touch him which caused him to dip beneath the surface and under the kayak. He resurfaced seconds later allowing me to snap a few pictures.


As a reptile lover, I enjoyed every second of seeing him in his natural habitat. Woz on the other hand apparently isn't a big fan of snakes. A few minutes later we saw another, larger, specimen hunting with his body perched on a log and his head just above the water surface. Seeing this snake's ability to easily climb on to a log in the middle of the river prompted Woz to wonder if snakes could climb onto the kayak.

I of course said "No".

Truthfully the answer is yes though it's unlikely that it would actually happen.

19 comments:

  1. Nerodia sipedon... Last word isn't capitalized. Your welcome. :)

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  2. That's not something you see everyday in the middle of Chicagoland. Nice shot!

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    1. Thanks!! That's one of the interesting things about Chicago - you get outside of the city, put in a bit of effort, and you can actually see quite a bit of wildlife. You just have to find it

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  3. Very cool indeed! I'm not a fan of snakes, but I do love seeing them out in the wild and in aquariums, just not too close to me. Haha

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    1. I have learned over the years that if you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone. I still don't leave them alone....

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  4. Wozny translates to "Wussy" in more than one language. Jus Sayin...

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    1. I hate to say it....but snakes....well they bring out my inner Ed.

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  5. So who's "really" going perchin tomorrow?! ;)

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    1. me me me! I swear! I'll set my alarm and everything

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  6. I had one crawl into my jon boat as I was trolling in the middle of a small lake several years ago. It just went up and over the side.

    I steer clear of snakes on the water now. Especially in my kayak.

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    1. Great...now Woz will never go kayaking again. Wait, that could be a good thing! Maybe he will just give them to me now

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    2. Are you kidding me! I would've been in the fetal position on the other side of the boat if not on shore as my jon boat trolled into the distance lol. (Slight exageration)

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  7. Brook
    I am not a big fan of the snake---and I have to say concerning snakes---Snakes on a Plane had to be the dumbest movie I think I have seen in a while---hate to be so negative--

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    1. Never saw it, Bill - I figured that if they couldn't even come up with a clever title, the content had to be just as bad.

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  8. Genus is capitalized, not Species. Just sayin....

    Oh and I would have a bucket of rubber snakes the next time you hit the river with Woz.

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    1. Ugh...you and Dan. LOL This is a damned fishing blog, not a scientific resource.

      When you coming down?

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  9. Man, Jay at the Naturalist's Angle is going to kick me for this, but I hate snakes!

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