Monday, October 11, 2010

Field Photos: Eastern Coachwhip Snake

Masticophis flagellum flagellum - the eastern coachwhip
Photographed near Inglis, Florida two weeks back.





6 comments:

  1. Hang on...that's ONE snake?

    Amazing! Snakes are wonderful animals...

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  2. wow two tones snake. stunning shot.

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  3. Wow, I've never seen these before. What sort of adaptation does the two-toned pattern provide?

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  4. Wow. That's really, really cool. Is this a freak of nature, or a recurring phenotype?

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  5. Sorry for the delay.

    The coloration is typical for the species. The coloration and scale pattern has been described as looking like a leather whip - like those used to control horses and/or cattle.

    Check-out the Florida Museum of Natural History's page here: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-guide/masticophisfflagellum.htm

    Thanks for the comments!

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  6. wow...I'm afraid of snakes, but you picture is cool i like this picture

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