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#1 jblakelock

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:10 AM

This picture was taken near Berkeley, CA a few months back. Thanks.


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Coast Garter Snake by JJB1998, on Flickr
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:07 PM

Yep! What a beautiful snake.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:34 PM

Thanks Triple. I know it almost seemed to glow.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:27 PM

I have not been able to figure out if its a California Red-sided or Valley Garter Snake. It fits the description of one but the range of the other. According to my guide, in the CA Red-sided the top of the head should be red but this one looks olive, which fits Valley. The angle of the light could be making the head appear a different color than it actually is. Do you remember what color the top of the head was?

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:49 AM

Thanks for the help Fisherman. I looked up some pictures of the Red-sided and this snake definitely didn't have that red head. I don't know much about snakes IDs, but are you thinking this is not a Coast Garter Snake?
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:31 PM

I've found a some pics of CA Red-sideds that don't havr the biright red head, in these the top of the head looks brownish or blackish, so I think it's safe to call yours a CA Red-sided.

Actually , my guide does not have an illustration of the Coast Garter Snake and I was trying so hard to make this a Red-sided that I did not even look at Coast, even though that is the title of the post. But you're right, this is a Coast Garter Snake.

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Little Gull: Modseto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 2/9/14

Ruff; Ceres Sewage Ponds, Ceres, CA, 1/28/14

 

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Western Screech-Owl: Enslen Park, Modesto, CA, 4/16/14, 7/2/14, 7/6/14

Bald Eagle, Costa's Hummingbird, Willow Flycatcher: Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, CA, 5/24/14

Gray Flycatcher: McHenry Recreation Area, Escalon, CA, 5/13/14

Black Tern: Modesto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 5/11/14


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Posted 18 July 2012 - 03:49 AM

Fisherman, thanks for the confirmation. I did the same thing a few weeks back. I prompted the OP for a location, but it had already been stated in the post title.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:30 PM

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