Thank you - though corn snakes are certainly safer to get that close to, compared to your rattler! Corn snake bites can hurt, but they're not poisonous!
KITS - this snake was about 5 feet from me, and eye level as I was walking by...he wasn't really too keen on moving, so he just stayed there as still as can be and looked back at me. I had to back up a little to get the shot. Though it was May in Florida, which should be brutally hot, it was only in the upper-70s after a very cloudy and rainy week, so many of the reptiles were out trying to get some sun.