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What is this snake?

Started by Wolfstar, 08/25/2009 12:05AM
Posted 08/25/2009 12:05AM Opening Post
We found this guy in our back yard while surveying the flood damage from the latest monsoon storm. He is very young, about 16 inches long. The red/yellow/black is not terribly well defined...



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Posted 08/25/2009 05:26AM #1
It might be a kingsnake. If the red borders to yellow, it could be a poison coral snake. Just a guess from my days as a boy scout.
Posted 08/25/2009 02:02PM | Edited 08/25/2009 02:07PM #2
Tony Aguire said:

We found this guy in our back yard while surveying the flood damage from the latest monsoon storm. He is very young, about 16 inches long. The red/yellow/black is not terribly well defined...


Hi Tony:

He looks like an Arizona Coral Snake to me. Very rare. Very poisonous too! It is really cool that you have seen him.

http://desertmuseum.org/books/nhsd_coral_snake.php

http://phoenix.about.com/od/arizonapicturesandphotos/ig/Arizona-Snakes/Arizona-Snakes-19.htm

Where is our own herpetologist, John Agnew? He'd know the snake’s ID for sure. I suppose John is paddling around Malaysia in a dug-out photographing giant crocodiles or some such thing...

Jim

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This is interesting; "A secretive snake, it usually emerges after sundown, and may remain active well into the night. It is also frequently active during the day after rains or if the sky is overcast. If disturbed it will bury its head in its coils, elevate and wave its tightly coiled tail, and evert its anal lining, making a popping sound."
Posted 08/26/2009 05:42AM | Edited 08/26/2009 05:44AM #3
I think it is most likely a Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheeilus lecontei). A harmless species, and a nifty find. They are highly variable in color.
http://www.reptilesofaz.org/Snakes-Subpages/h-r-lecontei.html

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