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My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Zach Cava » June 27th, 2014, 9:17 pm

I'll be leaving the desert in a couple weeks, so I've been scrambling to get in as much herping as I can, and trying to find some of the few species that have managed to elude me over the last three years. Groundsnakes (Sonora semiannulata) have been at the top of my list, and last night I was thrilled to see a gorgeous one out near Lake Mead (thanks to my friend A.J. for spotting this tiny thing on the shoulder of the road!).

Groundsnakes must be one of the most visually striking (and variable) species in this region—the colors remind me of a Honduran Milksnake. Now I just need to find a Leaf-nosed...



Wish I had moved that vegetation out of the way! It only sat still for a second.


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Very squirmy and not wanting to show it's face

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Forgot to take a shot for size reference, so here's this. Very little!

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by hellihooks » June 28th, 2014, 8:36 am

Very VERY COOL. Take it from me, as a person who has only found one... you'll want to find #2, twice as much... :beer: :lol: :lol: jim

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Zach Cava » June 28th, 2014, 9:07 am

hellihooks wrote:Very VERY COOL. Take it from me, as a person who has only found one... you'll want to find #2, twice as much... :beer: :lol: :lol: jim
Very true, I'd like to see a striped one next!

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Rancorrye » June 28th, 2014, 1:54 pm

Congrats! They are awesome snakes. I found my first one this year back in March and another in May. They have to be in my top three of favorite snakes I've found so far in Utah. I can't wait to get back down to that area to look for some more.

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Zach Cava » June 28th, 2014, 5:29 pm

Rancorrye wrote:Congrats! They are awesome snakes. I found my first one this year back in March and another in May. They have to be in my top three of favorite snakes I've found so far in Utah. I can't wait to get back down to that area to look for some more.
Thanks! Were yours about the same size? I'm curious if anyone has kept these in captivity? A brief search didn't turn up anything. With their small size, bright colors and variable morphs, I'd think they would be more popular, but maybe their husbandry isn't so straightforward.

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Rancorrye » June 28th, 2014, 6:31 pm

They were about the same size, maybe a little smaller. Chris (simpleyork) found a larger one on that same trip.

Can't really get a size reference off of these pics, but here they are anyway. I'd say these two were around 5 inches. Didn't get a good pic of the one Chris found.

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Zach Cava » June 28th, 2014, 9:49 pm

Rancorrye wrote:They were about the same size, maybe a little smaller. Chris (simpleyork) found a larger one on that same trip.

Can't really get a size reference off of these pics, but here they are anyway. I'd say these two were around 5 inches. Didn't get a good pic of the one Chris found.
Beautiful snake

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by simpleyork » June 30th, 2014, 2:37 pm

ground snakes are sweet looking

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Brian Hubbs » July 1st, 2014, 9:42 pm

Rancorrye wrote:Congrats! They are awesome snakes. I found my first one this year back in March and another in May. They have to be in my top three of favorite snakes I've found so far in Utah. I can't wait to get back down to that area to look for some more.
Did you find yours in SW UT? There's supposed to be a population farther north in a certain county I won't mention.

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Bryan Hamilton » July 2nd, 2014, 8:21 am

Nice find Zach. We'll miss you out here. You've done some great work.

I'm not sure how far north Sonora goes in Utah but they make up to the Idaho border in Nevada.

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Rancorrye » July 2nd, 2014, 11:35 am

Brian Hubbs wrote:
Rancorrye wrote:Congrats! They are awesome snakes. I found my first one this year back in March and another in May. They have to be in my top three of favorite snakes I've found so far in Utah. I can't wait to get back down to that area to look for some more.
Did you find yours in SW UT? There's supposed to be a population farther north in a certain county I won't mention.

Yep, they were both found in SW Utah.
I think I know what county you are referring to...

Rye

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Brian Hubbs » July 2nd, 2014, 12:46 pm

It's the one with a city that starts with M and has a big building on a hillside... ;)
I really don't know why I'm keeping it a secret...somebody needs to go there and verify those snakes.
OK, the area is very close to a college too...

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by occidentalis » July 3rd, 2014, 4:30 pm

There are records from Carbon and Uintah - is your hint Sanpete Co.? Never heard of them from there.

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Brian Hubbs » July 3rd, 2014, 5:59 pm

Yes, Sanpete...near Manti and Ephrahm

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by Zach Cava » July 4th, 2014, 1:14 pm

Bryan Hamilton wrote:Nice find Zach. We'll miss you out here. You've done some great work.

I'm not sure how far north Sonora goes in Utah but they make up to the Idaho border in Nevada.
Thanks Bryan! Sorry I couldn't make it out with you guys this week. I'll be back, I'm sure.

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Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Post by simpleyork » July 4th, 2014, 2:51 pm

thad be cool to find them in one of those counties

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