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Posted by Brandon Osborne on April 10, 2003 at 03:31:45:
In Reply to: Re: Mexican Black Kingsnake with lotsa yellow posted by tigress on April 10, 2003 at 02:25:46:
I should have made it a little more clear, but I guess I was in a hurry. lol. Desert kings will have yellow around the mouth and face, but have a distinct black neck just behind the head, with MINIMAL markings on top of the head. Also, black kings are usually more of a cream color or pale yellow, as opposed to the brilliant yellow of most desert kings. Regardless, black kings are a joy to keep and, in my opinion, are very under rated. I'm sure you'll enjoy many years with your catch there. I think I saw a couple of ads for deserts kings in the classifieds. It could give you a better idea and description on what you have. I would post a pic, but I wouldn't want anyone stealing my pics either. lol. Have fun and visit often.
:Ah. Oh well. Well, between the two snakes you mentioned and just from your description, I'm sure he's a black kingsnake (that and if he was a desert one, I doubt they'd need to rename him as the black kingsnake was only illegal cause it was a native species to GA., guessing by the name desert I'll say the other one would have been legal and could have just been given its rightful name. I'm pretty sure it was called a Mexican Black Kingsnake so that it would be considered legal. Maybe he would have been better calling it a desert one as that seems from what you say to be a closer match than a Mexican Black Kingsnake). But, also he has a lot of yellow on his mouth too (his head is not full black at all) which kinda dis-counts your description of a desert kingsnake.