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Posted by bgerman on August 30, 2002 at 17:24:50:
In Reply to: Wild Caught River Rd. snake pic. posted by Aaron on August 30, 2002 at 03:21:38:
This undoubtedly occurs frequently in such areas where snakes that are closely-related come into contact with one another. It also raises several interesting ideas. Maybe this is how the "Blair's phase" came into being. Maybe L. alterna were initially an "alterna phase" snake and then through milksnake interbreeding, the trait for red bands became introduced.
This could also explain how other, distinct species, such as pyros and zonata came into being. The montaine kingsnakes are like milksnakes, but have notable differences. I think that this snake bears a resemblance to a mountain king. It reminds me of what is going in Utah where they have found tricolors that aren't quite a triangulum and aren't quite a pyro. So what are they, hybrids? By the way, who caught this snake and who has it now?