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Unusual?Gopher snake found in San Diego.Any Ideas?


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Posted by aera on March 22, 2003 at 21:23:33:

I posted on the field collecting forum with no response,so I figured I would ask the experts.Please excuse the long explanation(I don't have a camera)Today I found what looks to be an unusually striped gopher snake near my house.It is a male and has normal coloration in the upermost part of it's body,but about a third of the way down on his sides are grey to blue grey stripes,that are paired on each side and get more and more visible and blue/grey as they come to the tail.Dorsally,his colr turns from a normal yellow ocre/brown to a brick red about 1/8 of its length.What struck me as strange is,when the lateral(blue/grey)stripes come together and combine at the tail,the brick red,dorsally,is it's brightest.(It looks like red on grey for about 6")i don't want to take up your time,just wondering if anyone has seen this type of gopher.Also,His temporal stripe is very,very,very, faded.Any ideas?


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