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Posted by Dryguy on April 07, 2003 at 19:39:14:
In Reply to: Interesting Central Texas Indigo record posted by chrish on April 07, 2003 at 12:47:31:
to have grown up in the Great Republic of Texas..I would say the only thing really suprising about this find is that it is so contemporary...
As a youngster, I caught many Errebennus and the farthest north I remember was Del Rio..The farthest east, just outside of Corpus Christi..I don't think this find is so unusual, other than the influx of people in that area may have disturbed them..
The last one I caught several years ago(and released immediately after having the pleasure of his company for a few minutes while dove hunting) was in a citrus grove in downtown Harlingin!! So I don't think the people issue is that big on TX Indy's...
I've said many times that the
"natives" of the area are very protective of Inidgos...I'm not sure the same could be said of the "newcomers" of the Hill Country variety though!!
I hope your friend appreciated that beautiful specimen...Carl
:A birder sent me this photo of a Texas Indigo he took this weekend. What is so remarkable about this photo is that it was taken at Lost Maples State Park in NW Bandera County, TX.
:While indigos have been recorded in the counties directly south and east of Bandera county, what makes this record so interesting is the habitat. This snake is from well within the central TX hill country. Further south, the habitat changes abruptly (in a matter of a few hundred yards in some areas) from Tamaulipan scrub in the south (indigo country) to steep shady wooded ravines. Indigos aren't known to occur in this habitat (other than a few individual records at the transition).
:This snake was found in an area of steep heavily wooded hillsides and and rocky ravines probably 40 miles from any "suitable" habitat. This is Elaphe bairdi and subterranean Central Texas salamanders country. To see an indigo snake here is really astonishing compared to their usual flat, relatively arable plains further south. And even where they occur further west into Val Verde county, they are usually associated with open scrub, not steep, dark ravines like those in Lost Maples!
:I frankly didn't believe his post when I read it, until he sent me the pics!