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Posted by Jaffo on July 22, 2002 at 13:59:32:
In Reply to: green C.v.oreganus posted by EK on July 22, 2002 at 13:43:10:
I used to find them all the time mixed in with blue and more brown specimens in the same populations. In fact, I used to visit a few different den sites in which the snakes found represented a huge variation in color and pattern, including the green, yellow, orange, and blue animals. Sometimes, during the times of year in which the animals had dispersed away from the densite, the snakes found would seem to correspond with the terrain and vegitation in terms of color, as if living within that environment somehow influenced the adult coloration of these animals.
Most of my field adventures occurred in the Eastern portion of the Columbia River Gorge, although I have no intention of being more specific then that, nor do I need to be. Find an area at mid-range elevation with rock outcroppings and scour the base of them. Look for areas where the grasses are yellow, orange or blue, and you might be surprised to find beautiful snakes that come in colors to match the grasses... to a certain extent. Not sure why that is.
Also keep in mind that it is illegal to collect any herps in WA...