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Re: Speckled Racers (Drymobius margaritiferus)


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Posted by Tom Lott on September 19, 1999 at 17:17:39:

In Reply to: Speckled Racers (Drymobius margaritiferus) posted by Sacha Korell on September 18, 1999 at 00:52:12:

Sacha,

Drymobius are neat snakes and I too would like to study them more. However, I live in Texas where the state "protects" them from herpers but not from farmers who wish to plow down a few hundred acres of their habitat to grow cabbage during the winter! I'm not bitter about it, though. ;)
Actually, I've never seen one in Texas although I've been in the small area along the Rio Grande where they occur many times.

They are among the most common colubrids in Belize and Costa Rica where I have actually caught a few. I wonder about their taxonomic affinities. There's something about them that reminds me of a garter snake in racer clothing: the keeled scales, the shape of the head, the smell of their musk, the fact that they eat toads (caught one in Belize downing a good-sized Bufo valliceps), etc.

Tom Lott


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