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My first Masticophis encounter


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Posted by Tyler on October 02, 1999 at 00:16:00:

Hi,

I just thought I would share my first Masticophis encounter. It was in northern Nevada. That is fairly south from where I come from. Anyway we were looking for Collard lizard witch I have not found EVER in years of herping. Well we had just come down from a "Boulder strewn hillside" when out of the corner of my eye I spotted something racing though the sagebrush I didnít know what it was at first but only at first. It was undoubtedly a "western whipsnake" I forgot its species but its the only one that lives in northern NV. We were chasing it all over the place until it went under our truck. We got down on our knees just in time to see it go into the car! And so we opened up the hood and he curled in the tightest hardest place to reach (of course). We were jabbing sticks and such at him and finally he dropped out. And the chase was back! We finally caught up with him and grabbed him. Let me tell you BETTER have gloves on when handling one because it bit and struck squirming all over the place. It was about 4 feet long and a salmon belly.

Well thats my story..... Till next time
Tyler



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