This snake doesn't have an egg shoved in his mouth and I didn't crop it at all. Though he appears and my son confirms that this is, as he put it, "just a king snake," I'm thinking if I have to upload another 36 pictures of a snake's eye, tongue, and scales that I will need to buy the child the telephoto macro lens he wants to keep him from lying right on top of a bunch of snakes to get, as he puts it, "a decent shot."
I have reminded him that he doesn't work for National Geographic. I also suggested that birds and farm animals are good specimens for pictures, but no. He likes snakes, and he loves the swamp, so I try to remind him of snake safety daily, make sure he has all the books on snakes that he needs to be informed, and try not to get in his way as he wanders past the pines to the swamp looking for four of the six poisonous snakes in Mississippi. The fifth Mississippi poisonous snake, the coral snake, is found south of Hattiesburg only, so I don't have to worry about that elusive snake (at least until he gets his driving license).
I want to encourage his hobbies and interests, but getting close enough to snakes to look into their eyes is a lot to ask of a mom.
Of course, his pictures make my blog more interesting.