New Mexico snake ID (no pic)

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New Mexico snake ID (no pic)

Post by Natalie McNear » October 7th, 2011, 7:33 pm

So my sister has been doing field work on the central Arizona/New Mexico border, and she's seen several snakes up there so far, including a Regal Ringneck and a Narrow-headed Garter. Today she texted me about another small snake she saw, and I'm puzzled as to what it could be. The text says that the snake had "an awkwardly huge spatulate head, and it was brown with one dull yellow strip along its back". I asked her if she was positive it was a snake and not some kind of weird flatworm, and she said that it was definitely a snake. She also described it as being "very skinny". I was thinking maybe a baby Mexican Garter doing a threat display, but I'm not sure if those are in her area. Any ideas as to what it could be?

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Re: New Mexico snake ID (no pic)

Post by ErikNM » October 7th, 2011, 7:54 pm

Thamnophis elegans vagrans are very common in that area.

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Re: New Mexico snake ID (no pic)

Post by Natalie McNear » October 7th, 2011, 8:02 pm

Thanks, I'll send her a picture of that and see what she has to say.

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Re: New Mexico snake ID (no pic)

Post by Joshua Jones » October 9th, 2011, 6:29 am

I would check on Thamnophis cyrtopsis, the Black-necked Gartersnake. Due to the coloration and pattern, their head does have a very spatulate appearance. Plus, the cyrtopsis has a yellow dorsal stripe.

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Re: New Mexico snake ID (no pic)

Post by Natalie McNear » October 9th, 2011, 9:35 am

Cool, I'll send her a picture of that one too. She often doesn't have reception where she's working, so it might take a while for her to get back to me.

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Post by Paul White » October 9th, 2011, 9:06 pm

neat site Chris. Only one critique. The yellow text on the home page, superimposed over that photo with the clouds, is hard to read. But a very useful site, thanks for taking the time to get that up!

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Post by ChrisNM » October 9th, 2011, 9:16 pm

Some weak sauce browsers (recent, non-ie browsers and portable devices) don't see the black block of the table that text is in thus rendering it hard to read. I'm waiting for some decent time off from work to do a modest update to the site, addressing such issue as you've pointed is one that if my older bamboo tablet is compatible with windows 7 will allow me to do such.

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Post by Paul White » October 9th, 2011, 9:22 pm

aaah, don't knock FF version 9.whatever on i'm on :(

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Re: New Mexico snake ID (no pic)

Post by Cole Grover » October 10th, 2011, 6:33 am

Actually, Chris, that site is bad-ass! Seriously cool.

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Re: New Mexico snake ID (no pic)

Post by Natalie McNear » October 10th, 2011, 9:02 am

Yep, it's a pretty awesome site. :thumb: I'm using Firefox and it works fine on my computer. I'll show send my sister a picture of T. cyrtopsis too.

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Re: New Mexico snake ID (no pic)

Post by hellihooks » October 10th, 2011, 5:29 pm

Cool site... :thumb: jim

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