Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Juvenile Eastern Coachwhip

P1070230Though summer is at its end snakes are still on the move and probably stay active in these parts until late into the "cold" months since we really never have a very hard winter.
P1070234This juvenile eastern coachwhip was crossing the sandy road not far from the camp and it was a beauty. Note the striping under its chin and dotted pattern that runs down its length. These markings gradually dissapear as the snake matures.
P1070237At this age they feed mostly on insects and small lizards. Coachwhip eggs are laid in the summer and hatch in September putting the age of this one at about a month. Nice......

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful specimen. Check out this pic of an interestingly-colored garter that I ran across in Mt. Rainier National Park (near Seattle).

http://www.geocities.com/gene2152/park.jpg

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