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Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by Lystrophis » August 29th, 2010, 1:24 pm

Well, yesterday I flipped a very small 7" plump night snake very close to my home - a lifer for me --- never even knew these lived around here. It suddeny was a cool day after many boiling hot days - i figured the change in weather may bring a couple up. Found in Altadena at c. 1600' at 7:00 pm. I think i may do a bit of herping this evening even though i gimped my ankle and knee tripping in a crack of my driveway :x Pics coming soon (need to download them.... er, pics of the night snake... not my fall :lol: ).

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Post by hellihooks » August 29th, 2010, 1:34 pm

Cool Beans! (as Bill would say... :lol: )
Night snakes are such cool little snakes... and basically found EVERYWHERE... if you know when and how to find them... :thumb: jim

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by viper10802 » August 29th, 2010, 2:29 pm

Nice! Sorry about the fall though.

Sam :thumb:

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by ricrabt » August 29th, 2010, 7:45 pm

You seem to have a cool little herping area around your house. Keep it up (the herping, not the falling :lol: )...John

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by RobertH » August 29th, 2010, 8:54 pm

Awesome find, I had no idea there were night snakes to be ahead in our area. Can't wait to see the pictures. And I hope your ankle isn't too bad.

Take care,

Robert

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by sauceman » August 29th, 2010, 9:23 pm

Cool. I'd like to see the pics too.

I have road cruised a number of them but I have not yet flipped one.

I was there when a friend flipped one once so eventually I probably will at that spot.

Are they less commonly seen down south? I have found several in Arizona and 7 or 8 in the Bay Area.

John

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by Nature Nate » August 29th, 2010, 9:49 pm

I live in SD and have found four in my area in the 15 years I've been actively herping there. I'm sure they are more common in better areas.

Here'a a San Diego specimen for comparison

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Post by Ross Padilla » August 29th, 2010, 10:13 pm

They are the most common snake I find under AC in Western Riverside County. I've heard they are rarely found in parts of S.D. and I know of only one being found in Palos Verdes. Congrats on the find. :thumb:

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by FunkyRes » September 2nd, 2010, 8:29 pm

Nice find! That's one I've wanted to find for ages.

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by billboard » September 3rd, 2010, 7:50 am

Night snakes are very common in San Diego county. I find between 20-30 every season. They are , as Ross mentioned, most commonly found under artificial cover; Boards, trash, stumps, concrete, tires, etc., etc........

Riverside county abounds with them, and they take a close second to the rosy boa, which is the most common snake in that county, or so it seems to me.

There used to be an area in the north county where a few very large night snakes had taken up residence. That entire hillside has been turned into office buildings, so I suppose we can say goodnight to those particular specimens. Hazpat and I once flipped an extremely large night snake that was in the process of swallowing an adult alligator lizard. That was before the digital camera, so I do not have any photos to back myself up with. Sorry.

Under rated animals. More night snake posts please!

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by FunkyRes » September 3rd, 2010, 9:29 am

billboard wrote:Night snakes are very common in San Diego county.

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Riverside county abounds with them
I have to get to Southern California sometime. I just have to.

They are up here too (Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha) - but seem to be extremely rare. Well, rarely found, like most rare species, they are probably abundant but just not where they are easy to find.

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Pics ... finally

Post by Lystrophis » September 4th, 2010, 1:10 am

Ok so i finally got the pics... here the are:

Pretty small little guy - see the leaf
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On the move
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Into the crack
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Going....going....gone
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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by Ross Padilla » September 4th, 2010, 6:41 am

Nice shots, thanks for uploading them. This is what we need more of, people sharing their images. :beer:

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by reako45 » September 4th, 2010, 2:48 pm

Cool pics. Nightsnakes were one of my local targets here in Chatsworth for years. My daughter and I finally found one last year.

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by RobertH » September 4th, 2010, 9:07 pm

Yeah, thanks for posting your pics. Very cool-looking snake, despite the small size. :thumb:

Robert

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Re: Flipped Lifer Night Snake

Post by Lystrophis » September 7th, 2010, 8:42 am

that little night snake was cool - interestingly, he looked remarkably similar in color and patterning to the neonate helleri i have seen in the same locale in the past.

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