Snake Identity Please!

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Snake Identity Please!

Postby Borrego Linda » Tue May 03, 2011 9:02 am

This guy (or gal) came through our campsite at Oak Grove last week. The Oak Grove in San Diego County. It was fast and shook it's tail like a rattler to warn my husband off when it got tired of getting picture taken! We know it's not a rattler though! Think it's a friendly snake from the shape of it's head.

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Re: Snake Identity Please!

Postby TradClimber » Tue May 03, 2011 11:08 am

Coluber flagellum piceus - Red Racer

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Re: Snake Identity Please!

Postby reptilist » Tue May 03, 2011 1:56 pm

Otherwise known as a Western Coachwhip (red phase). The latin name has for years been Masticophis flagellum pisceus, but I think that Trad is correct in calling it Coluber as I believe the taxonomists have changed it. These snakes are not venomous but they are very pissy, I think that's where the word "pisceus" comes from.
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Re: Snake Identity Please!

Postby coazon de oro » Tue May 03, 2011 7:18 pm

Since we failed to protect the border, the new common name now is Alicantre.

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Re: Snake Identity Please!

Postby Borrego Linda » Wed May 04, 2011 9:11 am

Thanks everyone! Yes, (s)he was a little pissy! Pretty though!


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