Some people are naturally squeamish about snakes. I can be startled by the sight of them but once I see them I am not terribly afraid. Usually it is my curiosity and the overpowering urge to take pictures that numbs whatever inherent fear that I may have for these creatures. This snake was just minding its own business sunning itself when my friend slowed down in her tracks and indicated to me its presence. We walked past this snake and then I turned around to take the first picture. Then I took a step or two close to it and it did an about turn and soon it was gone.