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Striped racer in a tree

Post by daniel » June 21st, 2014, 4:31 pm

Thought I would share some pictures I took of this lateralis that I observed in a tree tobacco the other day. I stopped by this shrub for a moment and noticed a hummingbird going crazy. It took a moment, but I finally saw the snake sitting perfectly still about eight feet off the ground.

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Re: Striped whipsnake in a tree

Post by JAMAUGHN » June 21st, 2014, 7:34 pm

Very cool observation. I've seen many lateralis shoot up into trees or shrubs to escape, well, me...but I've never come across one already in the tree, nor anywhere near that high. I'm impressed how the hummingbird's behavior spurred you to look. Great photos, as well.

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Re: Striped whipsnake in a tree

Post by daniel » June 21st, 2014, 9:05 pm

Thank you Jim! This is actually the first time I've come across a snake in a tree before :)

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Re: Striped whipsnake in a tree

Post by hellihooks » June 22nd, 2014, 5:04 am

I've seen R. coaches pretty far up off the ground, but never a striped... very cool observation... :thumb: jim

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Re: Striped whipsnake in a tree

Post by monklet » June 22nd, 2014, 7:14 am

Can almost guarantee the hummer had a nest in proximity. The snake may already have cleaned it out.

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Post by hellihooks » June 22nd, 2014, 8:29 am

that's actually a desert whip snake... not a striped right? was this in the MNP? Jim

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Re: Striped whipsnake in a tree

Post by PNWHerper » June 22nd, 2014, 11:08 am

Very cool! I enjoy seeing others using the language of the birds to find snakes. :thumb:

I bet that snake was after the fledglings in the hummingbirds nest.

Jim, I see tree tobacco and coastal buckwheat in that image. Looks like pretty classic coastal sage-scrub habitat. I think that snake is a C. lateralis.

What makes you say desert whipsnake?

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Re: Striped whipsnake in a tree

Post by daniel » June 22nd, 2014, 11:39 am

Its a lateralis from the coastal side of the San Bernardino mountains.

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Re: Striped whipsnake in a tree

Post by hellihooks » June 22nd, 2014, 2:16 pm

IDK...thought i saw the start of a broken stripe... but i guess it's just the top of the belly color... i took another loooong walk last night and got up too early this am...with a head cold. Plus...either it's a striped racer, or desert whipsnake... striped whipsnake confused me... :crazyeyes: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Striped racer in a tree

Post by daniel » June 22nd, 2014, 6:05 pm

My bad Jim, sorry for the confusion.

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Re: Striped racer in a tree

Post by hellihooks » June 23rd, 2014, 5:18 am

daniel wrote:My bad Jim, sorry for the confusion.
no biggi...I wasn't on the same page as anybody, that morning... :lol: :lol: cold medicine puts me in la-la land... :crazyeyes: jim

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