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What kind of snake is this?

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Re: What kind of snake is this?
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2012, 12:53:55 PM »
With regard to racers, from what I've been advised anyway, red racer is the "local" and "common" name for the western coachwhip. While Texas does have racers on the list, the western coachwhip is the only "racer" in the Big Bend area in terms of snakes which look like the originally posted photo.

The other racer found in the Big Bend region of Texas is the Mexican Racer, and this snake is a different color altogether (greenish gray). Again, this is all from books and my own personal observations/insight from people in the area. As with everything I say, don't quote me on this. So far it is all hearsay.

With regard to a 5-6 foot being a young one, I believe hatchlings are approximately 12 inches based on (again) online information. By the time it makes 5-6 foot, it is probably at its normal color variation and will not likely change color that much more over the course of its life. I think that in all cases, the coachwhips we are talking about where the color they were going to be from then forward when we saw/photographed 'em.

Geezer, I do have more long snake pictures from Big Bend. Here's one I believe to be a Big Bend Patch-Nosed Snake (photo'd on Window Trail what seems like forever ago now):



There are more in the bunch, some are labeled according to shoot location/snake ID, etc, but some are not. Feel free to browse the album:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.125364380808242.21862.124123460932334&type=3

James and I will do our best to add to the album starting as soon as this upcoming Saturday when we should be back in the park for a week long adventure. Can't wait!!!
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Re: What kind of snake is this?
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2012, 08:57:43 PM »
Stingrey,

Thanks for the great photos!

Geezer

 


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