dead Garter Snake ID

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SnakeDude
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dead Garter Snake ID

Post by SnakeDude » May 4th, 2013, 11:50 am

This was a garter I found last summer dead by a pond in Parker CO. It's really oddly colored, even for a dead thamnophis in my area. I first thought radix but that just doesnt seem right. Maybe the pigment changed after death?

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Ian

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Chris Smith
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Re: dead Garter Snake ID

Post by Chris Smith » May 5th, 2013, 10:06 am

Pigment decay after death is common. It is often noted in gartersnakes and greensnakes (which can turn blue-ish after death).

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Re: dead Garter Snake ID

Post by SnakeDude » May 6th, 2013, 6:32 am

So I assume you think it's radix? Just the pigment got a blueish hue after death?

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Re: dead Garter Snake ID

Post by Matt Cage » May 6th, 2013, 8:21 pm

100% radix, not elegans. I have never found any sirtalis south of about Hampden St. in Denver and it has been years since I've seen them that far south.

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