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Paul White
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long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by Paul White » May 25th, 2012, 11:58 pm

On my way back from a fairly good trip to a back road somewhere between Amarillo and Fritch...it was something like 1:40am, I was on the interstate going 60 with the windows down and A/C on to keep myself awake. I knew snakes were still out but I was getting spacey and needed to bag it. Which, it hurt to do but when I forget I'm not in Amarillo, that's a sign I need to call it a night. I'd started to wander when the hell I was going to see a convience store so I could get some soda and then it's like "oh yeah..."

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milk snake. I HAVE YOU NOW!! Well, on camera. I'd burned a U-turn (and probably a tire) when I saw a snake crawling on the shoulder, and barely got back before he vanished. Detained him about 5 minutes to get some pictures, while he chewed the living hell out of my hand. Made an already kick-ass night even better.
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the car pic was the first pic I took; the top one was the last pic I took. I forgot my camera while running to grab the snake so I had to go back to the car to get it :lol:

other finds from tonight:
baby glossy snake
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1st (fairly good sized) night snake:
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2nd, very tiny cute adorable bitey night snake:
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1st atrox (actually my first of the year, took me forever to turn one up)
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2nd atrox
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and a long nose (was actually the first snake tonight)
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it's been a good year but I've been so busy both personally and professionally I haven't really been posting much or inputting data.

here's some other finds so far:

Ringnecks--I've found more this year than the rest of my life put together
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great plains rat. Love these.
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another long nose, truly awful shot
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baby nerodia; bad shot but the conditions were awful. dusk, in moving water, from a distance
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lined snake
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skink!
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I've seen sceloporus, but not a lot of Uta (one or two), a lot of whiptails, and 0 horned lizards (which is kind of a bummer). Only one collared lizard, but I just haven't been out at the right time of day for those.

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M.J.FRANETOVICH
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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by M.J.FRANETOVICH » May 26th, 2012, 3:08 am

Nice milk :thumb:

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by mikemike » May 26th, 2012, 7:38 am

Awesome, Paul!

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by justinm » May 26th, 2012, 8:41 am

I'm always happy to hear a lifer story, congrats.

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by gbin » May 26th, 2012, 5:35 pm

Very nice, Paul! Any hunt that includes a tricolor is worth hollering about, in my view. ;)

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Post by Zach_Lim » May 26th, 2012, 11:24 pm

Excellent triangulum! Now to figure out the subspecies...haha!

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by BillMcGighan » May 27th, 2012, 5:22 am

Good stuff, Paul.
Good looking "gentilis"

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by hellihooks » May 27th, 2012, 7:41 am

good to see Paul... Congrats! jim

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by reako45 » May 27th, 2012, 8:59 am

Wow! You're absolutely right. That Milk was the capper on a great night. Love the Rhinos from Texas also. very pretty and a bit different from the ones we've got out here.

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by joeysgreen » May 27th, 2012, 11:42 am

Fantastic Paul! Has me itching to one day revisit Amarilllo/Panhandle as I missed out on all of those last time. (minus DOR's)

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by Paul White » May 27th, 2012, 11:59 am

yeah, the panhandle has cool herps but it can be hard herping. I can see more stuff when I visit Houston or New Mexico than I would in a similar time frame here (Sheldon Lake State Park near houston is awesome BTW). I don't think we have fewer snakes, but a lot of the land is private, and good spots are hard to find.

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by John Martin » May 27th, 2012, 7:11 pm

Nice find sir! :beer: I've looked at this pic several times and keep noticing a strange swollen area between the third and fourth light bands. Is my eyesight getting even worse than I thought, or is something going on there?

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by Paul White » May 27th, 2012, 9:13 pm

I honestly don't know. I mean I can see kind of a lump, but I'm not sure when they mate locally (I've found some baby snakes this year but usually I'd associate neonates more with the fall around here).

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by joeysgreen » May 27th, 2012, 9:48 pm

I noticed that lump as well and forgot to comment on it. It's in the cardiac region so not reproductive. I'd have to guess this is it's last spring.

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by Paul White » May 28th, 2012, 12:30 am

you're talking about the one towards the anterior, gotcha.
I don't know. It's only visible in that one photo of it on the ground, not the one where I'm holding it. Weird.

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by John Martin » May 28th, 2012, 2:57 pm

Paul White wrote:It's only visible in that one photo of it on the ground, not the one where I'm holding it. Weird.
Weird indeed! Hadn't noticed that either. I still think it may have some sort of serious health problem. Any qualified anatomists on board here? :P

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Re: long sought lampropeltis lifer

Post by Fundad » May 29th, 2012, 9:40 am

Way to Go on the Milk.. :thumb: :beer:

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