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Can you answer one more Pantherophis question?


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Posted by meretseger on April 01, 2003 at 08:57:35:

Ok, I think I have it down that P. allegehensis and P. spilodes BOTH have melanistic/black members. So any given 'black rat snake' could be one or the other if you don't know the locality. Do these two forms hybridize in the wild? And if I have a black rat snake, do I have any hope of finding out which one he is? I'm willing to count scales. Will the two species of black rat ever have different common names? Maybe 'western' and 'eastern', since it worked for fox snakes? I'm just tired of not knowing what to call my snakes...


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