Saturday, August 10, 2013

Texas Rat Snake

From the front porch, one afternoon, I noticed an odd 'stick' jutting from the top of the dog pen fence. I quickly realized it was a snake - thankfully, a Texas Rat Snake, a non-venomous variety that can grow to 6 feet long. I grabbed my camera, took dozens of photos, and I'll share a bunch with you now. He is a beauty - maybe even a charmer. :)

I got some great bokeh (those blurred background spots) in some of these shots, too.





 He had rich, warm browns, tans and shades of red in his scales.


He is adorable! (I know a lot of you will disagree with me.)


Giving me the raspberries.

Waiting to see if I give them back.





He really was cute.
Linking to Camera Critters

Thanks, Hilary!

178 comments:

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you have taken the snake ..... but I am absolutely not agree with you that he is beautiful / cute ...... it may well be that he is safe, but reptiles are NOT me :)

MarmePurl said...

THOSE are some fabulous shots.
I'll give you this: he is a bit cuter than the copperhead.

Paula said...

No thanks, a snake is a snake, is a snake. He/she did know how to entwine himself/herself just right on that chain length fence though.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Beautiful pictures! I hate snakes even on pictures, but I can see the beauty in them.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Tex These are wonderful shots of the snake. Now we do not have any snakes in Ireland so I think if I meet him,I might be a little afraid but would still be there photographing him! Lovely colour and great shots of his tongue out especially the one pointing to the sky.

eileeninmd said...

He/She is cute! It really is wound around the fence. I do not mind the non-venomous snakes. Beautiful bokeh captures. Happy weekend to you!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

He's so entwined in that fence! I guess that's how a snake perches.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

This one is a charmer. You have quite a variety of snakes in this part of the country (not talking about politics or politicians here)

Nice pics, mi amiga

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A beautiful snake! I like them better in pictures, rather than close and personal.

Susan said...

Appreciate the beauty of the snake and the pictures, however glad he is in Texas and I am not!

portraitsofwildflowers said...

It's clear you had some fun playing (photographically) with that snake. I wish I had that opportunity more often.

Ron said...

Great shots and bokeh. Non venomous or not, I hope you were using a zoom lens. I'm not much on snakes, used to have to watch out for rattlers in our back yard when I was living in Oklahoma.

Kate said...

That's a pretty big snake to be crawling around on a fence. I think that YOU are the snake charmer; great group of photos.

georgettesullins said...

My daughter can't even look at pictures of a snake, but her mother can. I agree these are amazingly close and draw me in. I scrolled and lingered on each one.

Magia da Inês said...

Belas fotos!
Gostei mais da segunda e da penúltima onde ela aparece em todo seu esplendor de animal selvagem.


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♪✿°•.¸ Bom fim de semana!
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DJan said...

He really IS cute. I'm one of those who like snakes just fine, as long as they aren't poisonous. That orange tongue! Some great shots and as you said great bokeh. :-)

Pom Pom said...

Amazing! He was very willing to have his picture taken, wasn't he? Great shots!

Nancy said...

Hope he catches him a big fat rat.

Sandra said...

he is beautiful, a fine specimen of snake... in some of these he looks like he might have been giving you a tad of attitude. i love the close up pieces of him.. shows the details... I vote he is a charmer... i think i hear that weird music in my head. the problem here is we have to protect these guys from Jake, he does so hate a snake... i almost cried when he killed a daddy black racer about the size of this one. when bob finds them in Jakes yard he puts them in our front yard.

Jo's World said...

Mr. Snake is not my idea of Cute, but his colors are beautiful. You got some fine shots of him!

Cheers,
Jo

Janey and Co. said...

Okay...snakes scare me to death. But! These are amazing shots and should be entered in some photo contest! Wow!

Tammy said...

Great photos, Tex! I happen to like (most) snakes, too! That Rat snake is really pretty. I like how it weaves in and off of the fence.

Lois Evensen said...

Fabulous shots!!!

I'm not a big snake person, either, but our daughter used to have a pair of them as pets. She had a food chain in her apartment since she raised mice to feed her snakes and had cats to be sure the mice didn't get out of their cages. Oh, yes, she was dating a guy who worked at a pet store at the time. She has gotten over all of this now, including that boyfriend, and just trains dogs. ;)

Carole M. said...

doesn't turn me on Theresa; I just can't quite come to terms with these objects de' nature somehow

Nancy said...

I am really glad that God gave some people the ability to appreciate snakes but I am not one of them so I appreciate you...

However, your shots are awesome...

joeh said...

Looks like 1/2 a Texas boot to me.

I guess he is "cute" outside...especially if he keeps the rodent population down.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the snake.

beyondzephyr.com said...

You get away from that snake, I don't care if it's venomous or not, and I am just not a fan :-)

Your shots though, are stunning!

Deb said...

EEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKK great shots Tex...glad I'm seeing him from photos...EEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

Molly The Wally said...

We agree he is really cute. Glad he was a nice sneaky snake. Fab shots. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly.

Gregory Urbano said...

Great shots! Wonder what he was hunting for up there?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wow! what a fabulous series of images TWG, you got great bokeh in all of them. Snakes over here in Oz are not quite so friendly or harmless :)

Sally said...

Well, of course I don't agree with you! :)

But, the photo's are great as long as I'm on the other side of my computer.

Have a lovely day, T!

Birdman said...

Wonderful, up close examination of this slimy one. Love them... the photos that is.

Jeanne said...

Wow you did get some great bokeh on these, and it looks to me like you were way too close to this snake. Not a big snake fan!!!

Dianne said...

he is gorgeous
I LOVE the 2nd shot, he's tilting his head like a dog
I used to work in an office where the boss brought in his snakes. One of them liked me and she'd sit on my shoulders as I typed.

Andy Wilson said...

Outstanding

Jeevan said...

Wow! Absolutely fantastic series on the snake... Wonderful colors, contrast and rich detail on the snake. The last one shows him very innocent :) I also liked the way it crawls through the fence... these are one among your best photographs!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Tex those are some awesome snaps and you do make him look very cute. He seems very comfortable there!

pattisjarrett said...

That's a beautiful snake. Cute face, too. Did you give him raspberries back?

bailey-road.com said...

He is beautiful! Great photography too.

SweetMarie said...

I'm not a fan of snakes being close to me. lol We will Never have one as a pet. This one is really cute or maybe it's just your pictures make him look cute!:) These are some Gorgeous shots, seriously!

Linda said...

These are fabulous shots! He IS a beautiful snake...if there is such a thing. :)

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Reptiles are NOT cute. Sorry.

Two young boys were crushed on the news last week by the huge
Reptile.

It got out of his tank and got up into the vent to apt upstairs
and crushed two young boys having a sleep over.

I know this one here can go into the wild and it is not big per say.

Today those two boys are being buried.

They have removed all the reptiles from the shop.

Did you not see that on the computer or news.

They are cute you might rightly so think but be very careful. They can in a flick bite you . They are as fast as a wild rabbit running.

You can delete my comment by all means Tex. I just get shivers looking a this .

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, A Very handsome or beautiful snake! I am glad it is a non-poisonous type. Very nice picture - love the views of it sticking out its tongue to see what is happening. Have a great weekend!

Jan n Jer said...

pretty markings...but scary at the same time!!!

Filip Demuinck said...

I have to admit he is beautifull but also scary. Have you been close for your pictures?

Greetings,
Filip

Chatty Crone said...

Okay Tex - those scare me!

Patty Woodland said...

He is a beauty. I love snakes.
Sherpa had one the other night. We saved it!

Snap said...

He is gorgeous. I giggled about the raspberries!!!!!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What a wonderful find. Great pictures. He acts like he enjoyed posing for you.

Farm Girl said...

You got fantastic pictures of him and his little forked tongue. He is pretty awesome looking and I love how you captured the Bokah. But I am glad he is at your house. :)

Julia said...

Wow, what a charmer. I think that he loves to have his picture taken. great shots.
enjoy your visitor and don't worry about the rats.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
JB

don said...

You shot a spectacular variety of poses of this slithering beauty. I"m surprised you could get him looking directly at you.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow! Awesome snake ~ could be in a movie ~ very photogenic and great shots ~ thanks, carol, xo

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow! Awesome snake ~ could be in a movie ~ very photogenic and great shots ~ thanks, carol, xo

c3720e30-481b-11e0-b6fd-000bcdca4d7a said...

PUHHH.glaube meine Bilder hätte ich ALLE verwackelt..
was für Bilder.

LG vom katerchen

The Dancing Donkey said...

He really is quite the charmer and wow, those are some great shots.

Misty DawnS said...

These photos are absolutely outstanding!!! LOVE that second one!

Karen said...

A handsome felloe, terrific captures!

Jan said...

Great photos-however I will still stay clear of all snakes-if it doesn't rattle, it's a cobra! ;-)

Larry Ostby said...

He is a real charmer T. You got some terrific shots of him.

sylvia kirkwood said...

What fun captures and he is a handsome charmer indeed!!

Paul said...

Fabulous group of pictures!

I'm thinking a rat snake is a good thing to have around if rats are what they mainly eat...

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You got great shots of him. I wouldn't be able to stand there and take all those photos because I just don't like snakes.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I consider it a small victory that I was able to look at these photos, Theresa. You know I am deathly afraid of snakes. But I do admire the elegance in this one that you photographed. I like the different angles you got. And I definitely admire your attitude towards all animals. Maybe step by step I can get over my terrible fear. :-)

Inger said...

After Rachael and I worked together at the rescue, I have come to love snakes. She has five and they are all beauties. And this one is adorable. He was checking you out with that tongue of his. Great captures.

Jeanne said...

I never thought I would say a snake was adorable, but I see it. He's cute!

Trollstubben foto said...

This was absolutely amazing pictures.
He is beautiful.
You are so clever.
Fully max photo.
I liked them very much.
Hugs, Karin

bon bon said...

oh wow! these are fantastic, twg!! love that cuuuuurvy body checking out what you're up to! i think he climbed up there after seeing your blog, wanting to see all that beautiful scenery for himself.

ellen abbott said...

He's a beauty all right and you got some great pictures.

Gunilla Bäck said...

He's handsome! The patterns in his skin are gorgeous. Fabulous shots!

wayside wanderer said...

Gross. I will admit liking to see his little tongue hole which I find fascinating. It holds it shape even when tongue is not present. Interesting. However the whole intertwined, flopped back on himself thing is grody to the max.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Your almost pet rat snake had all the time of his life with a well filled belly! They are very useful for having around as they kill rodents!
Great photos!
Hugs,
Mariette

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Gotta say my initial reaction was "ewww" but he seemed to be a cutie by the end:@)

Lynn said...

Holy crappola Theresa these are amazing shots, he is gorgeous and if he isn't a bad type then I think we'd get along..his colours are superb ;-)

Red said...

That's a handsome friend you have. I don't mind snakes. We only have little garter snakes and they are quite rare.

Ms. A said...

Great bokeh, great photos! The snake gives me the creeps, regardless of the fact he's harmless. Reminds me of our neighbor's son, who had snakes when he was growing up. I wouldn't have been able to sleep in that house. However, his fascination grew into a career as a well respected herpetologist!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He looks like somebody is charming him, standing up like those pictures you see from India. But he is charming -- and beautiful! I LOVE that you got him sticking out his tongue...fabulous series.

Jidhu Jose said...

omg...superb clicks

RedPat said...

He's a handsome fellow!

Terri said...

Really great shots- but SNAKE!!!! Ok, I'm over it. I just had to yell it once.

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, beautiful snake ... sensational!

Bob Bushell said...

Yep, a cute little thing, I love 'em. The last two are brilliant, well done Theresa.

Joop Zand said...

Fantastic pictures Teresa......look out for this snake.....don't trust him.

Kathy said...

You did get some great shots, but cute he's not! At least not in my book. As a child I had a rattlesnake strike at me and miss so since then I stay away from these creatures - no matter what!

Robin Lamb said...

T, what a beauty! Looks like you charmed him as much as he charmed you!
Tremendous shots!

stiefbeen said...

je hebt hem er prachtig opstaan.maar het is echt mijn lieveling niet.

Gerald (SK14) said...

if assured its safe i'd be happy - otherwise i'd be a bit wary

Helma said...

It is indeed a beautiful snake TexWisGirl, but I think it's a decent big as he can be 6 meters. Here you will find a few small snakes such as grass snake and adder, but there are many more with you and also toxic.
Beautiful series of photos!

Kerry said...

ooh! This is a great series! Rat snakes are good to have around. This one seems to pose for you! Fantastic tongue, and I love the body coiled through the fence.

Rae said...

He is a handsome thing. I like all his colors. Just wondering how long a lens you used to capture those close ups. They are fantastic.

Maggid said...

he is good lookin'. (Your photos do him justice.)
I was surprised by his red tongue.

He is a cute-ster . . .
-g-

Linda said...

He is a beaut! Gorgeous colors and a very beneficial snake. Not only good looking but good to have around. :)

Madge Bloom said...

It gives me chills...

Barb said...

Glad I got to see these! He's playing peek a boo with you (I've been plying with Sam - he sometimes sticks his tongue out, too). Great pics!

Montanagirl said...

I'm not a fan of snakes, but you really did get some nice photos of him! His coloring is rather pretty.

Blackberry Lane said...

You got some great pics. I would have died of fright!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful snake.. great shots.. Cheers

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome, I chuckled when I saw the first shot. The forked tongue is unbelievable!!

DeniseinVA said...

What a great opportunity to take some very impressive photos. Amazing close-ups, you certainly have given this handsome fellow personality. I too love those tongue shots!

Willow said...

What fun! Lol

barbara l. hale said...

I'm with you on that front. He is a good looking dude!

Linda R said...

Can your really use Cute and Snake in the same sentence. I am scared to death of snakes.. But I have to say these are AWESOME shots my friend..

Hugs~

Stephen Hayes said...

Can't show these pictures to Mrs. C. or she'll never join me on a trip to Texas.

Stephanie said...

Sorry I had to skim through those shots, not a huge fan of snakes.

Leave It To Davis said...

That looks like the same kind that was run over in our street with the bird guts all over the place that I put a picture of a couple of weeks ago. Since then, we have seen some rats around the neighborhood (one of our neighbors has chickens in their back yard and we figure they are after the chicken feed), and we were wishing that snake was back!!! He is a beauty and now that I know he is harmless, I will welcome one into my yard if he happens to slither my way. I figure the one that was run over wasn't alone! Love the raspberry caption!

SquirrelQueen said...

He is a cute fellow. I really like snakes and appreciate their beauty. You got some great shots of him and a lot of tongue.

Phyllis said...

Wow he sure is pretty! These are super great photos. Our "rat" snakes are just plain old black or brown snakes. Great to have around for rodent control and they keep copperheads away too!

Mary said...

He really IS adorable. Not an adjective i've ever used to describe a snake! And he's absolutely stunning to boot. I love all these photos. Especially the ones where he's giving you raspberries, lol. Even his tongue is pretty.

Raggedy Creations said...

great pics but sorry can't agree he was beautiful...well maybe a little but I still hate snakes.

Felicia

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I found myself holding my breath while reading your post, your photos are amazing and I would never have gotten that close! Snakes really do scare me, which is why I'm not sure about his cute-factor, but if you say so, I'll agree! :-)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

oh, no. no. no. no. I can't go there with you! LOL! I'm thinking you will not be hearing that any snake is cute from my lips in this lifetime!! You did take great photos though! ;) blessings ~ tanna

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Wow - these are awesome photos! But - ewwwww - I'm so not calling it adorable! Adorable is cuddly - snakes are soooo not cuddly!

Arija said...

I love a friendly snake that also rids one of vermin. Unfortunately all ours are deadly.
Great shots Theresa and I love the way you captured him smelling the air all around. So glad he did not get stuck in the fence.

Sandy Carlson said...

Downright outstanding images!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I'm not a huge fan of snakes, but you sure got some gorgeous pictures!

Barbara said...

Gorgeous snake and gorgeous photos!!

Rita said...

Beautiful! As long as I can see him in a picture and not up close and personal--LOL! ;)

ashok said...

oh! scary...stunning pics~

waldlaeufer68 said...

beautiful animals .. could not be nicer shoes .. oops .. ;-))
regards Frank

Cloudia said...

you made me see the adorable in a snake!


ALOHA from Honolulu
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Cheryl @ TFD said...

Did you get a new camera? These are beautiful shots!! Wow! I hate snakes, but I love these photos. :)

mrsbearfoot said...

These are great images but sorry, my dear, I cannot warm up to any snake.
*shudder*

~Lindy

Une Angevine said...

oh mon dieu,j'en ai peur que je ne pourrais jamais restée si longtemps à la photographier....

amanda | wildly simple said...

Oh, you are a brave soul!!
These are really spectacular shots!!

Eva Ason said...

These are great shots

Midmarsh John said...

It's great when critters stay around long enough for a photo session.

Digi-Irma said...

Great photos of the snake, very well photographed.
Greetings Irma

Lindsjö taxar said...

OMG!!
I have a fobic about snakes, almost bitten as a kid....
I cant live in Texas :-)

Brian King said...

Oh, wow! These are superb! The bokeh is fantastic! Great focus on the eyes and the tongue shots are very cool! It's neat how the snake is intertwined through the chain link!

Gordon said...

Awsome, absolutly Awsome, you must live in a fantastic place.
All the best Gordon.

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Superb shots of the rat snake. I know a friend I would want to share these pics with, I'll bet she will scream the place down :)

holdingmoments said...

Great set Theresa. He's a real beauty.

Phil said...

Those are lovely shots and I love snakes, at least the non-poisonous ones I've met.

Dicky Bird said...

Those pictures are incredible! You should find some contest to enter those in!

Rose said...

I wonder how quickly he could have gotten out of there with him having woven himself in the fence!

parker said...

Super shots of this beneficial reptile. Bokeh and colors, along with the poses, you nailed it!

Wally Jones said...

Beautiful reptile!
Your images are terrific!

Thank you for sharing.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Ohhh my!! you're a bit close to that Texas Rat snake!! He may be non-venomous - but he's still a snake!! He certainly was hamming it up and check YOU out!! If he's non-poisonist - then he has to be a good snake - but. . . .

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

BTW- wonderful shots of Glamor Shots of him!! He'd be proud!

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

WOW! Amazing shots! I would take a snake over a spider, any day :)

Joe said...

Great shots!!

Lynne said...

Great pictures . . . but . . . Rat Snake must mean there are RATS . . . and I draw the line . . .

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh My Goodness, I was getting ready to leave a comment on your recent post and then...I saw the snake. What glorious shots you got of this Rat Snake. He was really long and the colouration so striking, compared to our plain black, and or gray ones. Nice!

Margie said...

Great captures T! And, I have to admit, he has a sweet face. He IS cute!

Karen S. said...

Oh gee, the trouble with snakes for me, is running across the random out in nature snake and not knowing for sure if he's a charmer or a killer! Lucky for us we don't get that many around here, but I say treat them like a loaded gun! I'd much see them where folks are showing off their darling little critters! then they're my kind of snake!

Christian Perrin said...

Amazing series of photos - that small field of focus is wonderful in some of these shots! And even if I didn't know whether it was venomous or not, there is something very "non-threatening" about the look of this snake. It seems small and curious and not hostile in the slightest. Maybe you were a snake charmer in a past life?

Joanna said...

Whoa! Beautiful picture, but I'm scared of snakes!

Candy C. said...

Wow, he really is a beauty! Love those deep, rich colors! That was pretty cool looking at the beginning when he had his head sticking up in the air! :)

Aditi said...

My God...you did such a fine job capturing him...Loved the close up shots...BUT he's not cute...handsome maybe but m really scared of reptiles! :O

Catherine said...

Eeeek!
xo C

Nicole Thomas said...

second and third pictures in tandem were awesome! And that second picture is priceless. I love it. I don't love snakes, I don't hate them either. I can make do with or without them. As long as they're not poisonous. This one is pretty though.

Marie said...

I have to agree that he is so gorgeous! Seems full of personality, if that is possible for a snake. Snakes make me nervous, but they are God' creatures, and besides this kind kills rate and mice and that is awesome. Boy, he's LONG! Glad you got the pictures...wonderful shots all!

My grandson would LOVE to add some of your shots to his Pinterest Reptiles board...if you agree, I will of course give you credit for them. Just let me know.

Betty Manousos said...

eeek! this would scare the hell out of me. but the photos are simply gorgeous!

Fjällripan said...

Wow!! really great photos of this beautyful snake! I am a little afraid of them though, but I also like these fascinating animals1 :)

Casey said...

Excellent! Beautiful snake and great shots of it.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

You have more comments than I have visitors in total most days. I really need to have a serious talk with my publicity firm. Sigh.

Nancy said...

Gorgeous and what a great eye you have to have spotted him.

the wild magnolia said...

fabulous photos!!!!

edenhills said...

These are incredible shots! I can handle those non-poisionous snakes!

Lynda said...

Snakes give me the chills but you made this one seem friendly. We had a guest preacher one time who said there are two kinds of snakes - - poisonous and chicken snakes - - - and if the snake doesn't have a chicken in its mouth, it's poisonous! That man was more scared of snakes than most women are!

Barb Brookbank said...

in.cred.ible. I'm totally blown away, I don't know what I would have done if I had seen that... hopefully the same thing you did :)

Annette Mickelson said...

That snake looks friendly. I have never seen a friendly snake expression before. I ended up thinking he was cute. You are an amazing photographer -

Hilary said...

I am one of those who will disagree with you. Well not exactly. I don't like snakes.. they creep me out but I sure do appreciate the beauty that you captured with this one. These are fine photos, Tex.

Andy said...

Great photos. Me and Indiana Jones have the same feelings about snakes.

Sandi McBride said...

I can't believe I am saying this...I like his eyes...
Congrats on Post of the Week...I can't believe I am not shuddering
Sandi

Anita said...

Awesome photos! Great catch of a subject and nice work with your camera.

Congrats on your POTW.

ladyfi said...

You're brave! And wow - these shots are award-winning!

Quynh Le said...

You are a brave woman. There is no way I'm standing near this snake for photograph.

Sandra said...

I can't believe i missed this post, i don't know how i did. I look at all your post and this one is absolutely wonderful. he is a beautiful and really talented snake. standing up on that fence is really something. super super super shots. glad you added the link today so i got to see this guy. now i am trying to decided where i was on aug 13

Gail said...

Fantastic pictures. I believe my favorite the lone stand with the blurred background.

The snake is beautiful. We do not have this kind.

Great job as usual

rottrover said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the raspberry shots!!

Chatty Crone said...

No snake is beautiful to me. So tell me if it was poisonous what would you have done? You did get some great pics though.

Amy Burzese said...

He is a beauty, I admit. You got some great shots. And, since you got that gorgeous bokeh, I assume you were using a loonnnggg lens.

magscorner said...

I hopped over from Sandra's blog. Those are fantastic shots you got of the snake. He is a very pretty one. Glad he is non-poisonous. Thanks for sharing these great pictures.

Sandra said...

I just showed this to hubby and his words were
"beautiful" that is a beautiful snake and he is.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Wow Theresa!
Amazing picture that you have here.
Lucky that you were around when the snake show what he can do :)

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