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Posted by kw on May 29, 2000 at 10:41:36:
In Reply to: Nocturnal Coachwhip, has anyone else ever observed this? posted by Shane Lowe on May 28, 2000 at 18:39:29:
: I was road hunting for Mexican Milks in late June (South Texas), to my surprise I found a 24" western coachwhip at 2am, it was crossing the road in a deliberate manner. I don't remember the lunar condition at the time but it was strange, full moon or not. The weather was typical for S TX that time of year, hot and dry. Have any of you heard of this oddity before? That snake just didn't know any better, it should've read the books.
Found two last night at 10:00 PM and 10:55 PM (first one was thrashing about on the road with his tail stuck to the pavement, but second was cruising across the road with his head about two inches off the surface) here in North Texas. I saw one Florida coachwhip at night around 2:30 AM crossing a dirt road the same way. I think, although they are primarily diurnal, it depends on the weather. It has beeen miserably hot up here the last couple of weeks and perhaps they are taking advantage of the cooler temps. They have eyes much like the rat snakes and garters and ribbons and kings, which are very common to see at night, so they must be able to visualize about the same. But it isn't common to see them at night. Later, KW